Jap

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See also: JAP, jap, and jap.

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortened from Japanese, attested as a noun since 1872, and adjectivally since 1878.[1] Compare Nip (shortened from Nippon).

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Noun[edit]

Jap (plural Japs)

  1. (pejorative, ethnic slur) A Japanese person.
    • 1872, James Brooks, 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.

Synonyms[edit]

  • Japanese (neutral; non-offensive)
  • Nip (pejorative, ethnic slur)

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Adjective[edit]

Jap (not comparable)

  1. (pejorative, ethnic slur) Japanese; of or pertaining to Japan or its people.

Verb[edit]

Jap (third-person singular simple present Japs, present participle Japping, simple past and past participle Japped)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of jap

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jap” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.

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