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wop

[wop] /wɒp/
noun, Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
an Italian or a person of Italian descent.
Origin
1910-1915
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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British Dictionary definitions for wop

whop

/wɒp/
verb whops, whopping, whopped
1.
(transitive) to strike, beat, or thrash
2.
(transitive) to defeat utterly
3.
(intransitive) to drop or fall
noun
4.
a heavy blow or the sound made by such a blow
Word Origin
C14: variant of wap, perhaps of imitative origin

wop1

/wɒp/
noun
1.
(slang, derogatory) a member of a Latin people, esp an Italian
Word Origin
C20: probably from southern Italian dialect guappo dandy, braggart, from Spanish guapo

wop2

/wɒp/
verb, noun wops, wopping, wopped
1.
a variant spelling of whop
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Word Origin and History for wop
n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for wop

wop

adjective

: big wop tenor

noun

An Italian or a person of Italian extraction; dago (1912+)

[apparently fr southern Italian dialect guappo, ''dandy, dude, stud,'' used as a greeting by male Neapolitans]


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