jap (japs, present participle japping; past and past participle japped)

  1. (North America, ethnic slur, slang, transitive) To carry out a sneak attack upon (something or somebody).

Pronunciation Noun

jap (plural japs)

  1. (countable, pejorative, ethnic slur) A Japanese person.
    • 1872, James Brooks, [//books.google.com/books?id=Qv8HAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA38&dq=Japs&hl=en&sa=X#v=onepage&q=Japs&f=false A Seven Months' Run, Up, and Down, and Around the World]:
      Among our Japs on board are two returning from Italy, where they have been with silk-worms' eggs, on cards, to sell. This has become a great speculation, and the Japs are going into it with zeal. The Japs almost always—always when they can—take cabin passages ; the Chinese seldom, or never.
  2. (uncountable, slang, ethnic slur) The Japanese language.
    • 2007, Les A. Murray, Fredy Neptune (page 239)
      He petered out under Pitty's savage look: Do you speak Jap? Do you understand the world from inside those bastards' slanty-eyed little head-lopping poem-writing minds?
  3. (informal, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia) Short for Japanese.
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • French: Jap
  • German: Japse
  • Portuguese: japa
  • Russian: (derogatory) япо́шка
  • Spanish: japo, japa

jap (not comparable)

  1. (pejorative, ethnic slur) Japanese; of or pertaining to Japan or its people.
    • 1951, James Albert Michener, The Voice of Asia (page 6)
      A soldier might grab his rifle and batter his way to the heart of some Jap position. Back home they gave him all sorts of medals but his companions dismissed him as the poor bastard who finally went Asiatic.

jap (japs, present participle Japping; past and past participle Japped)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of jap

Pronunciation Noun
  1. Jewish-American Princess, Jewish-Australian Princess; overly materialistic and selfish young Jewish woman
  2. Jewish-American Prince, Jewish-Australian Prince; overly materialistic and selfish young Jewish man
  • (female) kugel (South Africa)
  • (male) bagel (South Africa)

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