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 ]
/ dʒæp /
nounSlang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
a term used to refer to a pampered young Jewish-American woman, especially one who takes material advantages for granted.
Origin of JAP
usage note for JAP
JAP is a term of mild contempt, used (most often by Jewish people themselves) to refer to a young Jewish female who is spoiled or indulged. In its reference to a certain stereotype, the word has anti-Semitic and sexist overtones. However, it has been reclaimed by some Jewish females as a positive term of self-reference.