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From Ukrainian каца́п (kacáp). Either from Ukrainian цап (cap, billy goat) with a prefix ка- (ka-), thus invoking an image of a stereotypical Russian man with a beard, or from Turkish kasap, from Arabic قَصَّاب (qaṣṣāb), meaning "butcher", "slaughterer".


katsap (plural katsaps)

  1. (ethnic slur, derogatory) a Russian, especially from Ukrainian perspective
    • 2012, Amir Weiner, Making Sense of War: The Second World War and the Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution, page 247:
      In the short run, the katsap peril was even more concrete.

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Not fully naturalized, often used in italics.

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