noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to an Italian or a person of Italian descent.

Origin of wop

1910–15, Americanism; < Italian (Neapolitan dial.) guappo swaggerer < Spanish guapo pimp, ruffian, via dialectal French < Latin vappa wine that has gone flat, worthless person; initial w perhaps by association with a related Gmc word
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Examples from the Web for wop

Historical Examples of wop

  • "Don't forget to tell him how the wop licked the Jew," broke in the prisoner.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • I wonder can they be talking French, maybe, or Wop, or something?

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • I began filling the spoon, with the help of "Marty," the Wop.


    Charles Rumford Walker

  • Even a dumb-head Wop gets his English rapidly when he's where he has to talk that or nothing.

    The Killer

    Stewart Edward White

  • Wasn't there a wop named Pizarro or somethin' what got lost down in Florida?


    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for wop




slang, derogatory a member of a Latin people, esp an Italian

Word Origin for wop

C20: probably from southern Italian dialect guappo dandy, braggart, from Spanish guapo



verb, noun wops, wopping or wopped

a variant spelling of whop
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Word Origin and History for wop

derogatory for "Italian," 1912, American English slang, apparently from southern Italian dialect guappo "dandy, dude, stud," a greeting among male Neapolitans, said to be from Spanish guapo "bold, dandy," which is from Latin vappa "sour wine," also "worthless fellow;" related to vapidus (see vapid). It is probably not an acronym , and the usual story that it is seems to date only to c.1985.

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