[ jap ]

adjective, nounSlang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Japanese person.

Origin of Jap

First recorded in 1885–90; shortened form

usage note For Jap

Dating back to the late 19th century, use of this term was originally neutral. But because the Japanese were the enemy during World War II, the term Jap became derogatory.

Other definitions for JAP (2 of 3)

[ jap ]

nounSlang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a term used to refer to a pampered young Jewish-American woman, especially one who takes material advantages for granted.

Origin of JAP

First recorded in 1965–70; abbreviation of J(ewish)A(merican)P(rincess)

usage note For JAP

JAP is a term of mild contempt, used (most often by Jewish people themselves) to refer to a young Jewish woman who is spoiled or indulged. In its reference to a certain stereotype, the word has antisemitic and sexist overtones.

Other definitions for Jap. (3 of 3)


  1. Japan.

  2. Japanese.

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How to use Jap in a sentence

  • At all events we have made up our minds to eliminate the Jap, what with one motive and another, and I think we will.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Would you mind asking your Jap to make us some sandwiches and come with me up to my mountain shanty?

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • "Look, I'll help you down the steps—" He grabbed hold of the Jap and hustled him down the steps.

  • Then he heard a click and he saw Mogin's fist bouncing away from the Jap's chin.

  • A Jap cud march three hundred miles a day f'r eight days with nawthin' to eat.

    Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne

British Dictionary definitions for Jap (1 of 3)


/ (dʒæp) /

noun, adjective
  1. informal, often derogatory short for Japanese

British Dictionary definitions for JAP (2 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. US slang Jewish American Princess

British Dictionary definitions for Jap. (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. Japan(ese)

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