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See also: WAP, wāp-, and wäp-



wap (plural waps)

  1. (Britain, dialect) A blow or beating; a whap.
  2. (colloquial) A breast.


wap (third-person singular simple present waps, present participle wapping, simple past and past participle wapped)

  1. (Britain, dialect) To beat; to whap.
    • 1485, Malory, Sir Thomas, “How king Arthur commanded to cast his sword Excalibur into the water and how he was delivered to ladies in a barge”, in Le Morte d'Arthur[1], London: MacMillan & Co, published 1919, book 21, chapter 5, page 480:
      Sir, he said, I saw nothing but the waters wap and the waves wan.
  2. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) To engage in sexual intercourse.
    • 1611, Middleton, Thomas, “The Roaring Girl”, in Bullen, Arthur Henry, editor, The Works of Thomas Middleton[2], volume 4, published 1885, Act 5, Scene 1, pages 128–129:
      Ben mort, shall you and I heave a bough, mill a ken, or nip a bung, and then we'll couch a hogshead under the ruffmans, and there you shall wap with me, and I'll niggle with you.
    • 1707, Shirley, John, “The Maunder's Praise of his Strowling Mort”, in The Triumph of Wit:
      No gentry mort hath prats like thine, / No cove e'er wap'd with such a one.
    • 1988, Wertenbaker, Timberlake, Our Country's Good, Act 2, Scene 1:
      Liz, he says, why trine for a make, when you can wap for a winne. I'm no dimber mort, I says. Don't ask you to be a swell mollisher, sister, coves want Miss Laycock, don't look at your mug. So I begin to sell my mother of saints.


Derived terms[edit]


  • “wap” in Albert Barrère and Charles G[odfrey] Leland, compilers and editors, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume II (L–Z), Edinburgh: The Ballantyne Press, 1889–1890, page 401.
  • Farmer, John Stephen (1904) Slang and Its Analogues[3], volume 7, pages 292–293

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for wap in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)





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  • Chris Rogers, The Use and Development of the Xinkan Languages


Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-Malayic *uap, from Proto-Malayo-Chamic *uap, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan *uap, from Proto-Sunda-Sulawesi *uab.



wap (Jawi spelling واڤ)

  1. steam (water vapor)