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wop

[wop] /wɒp/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to an Italian or a person of Italian descent.
Origin of wop
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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Examples from the Web for wop
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  • She added, bright mischief between her long lashes, "What is it then—a wop?"

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • "Don't forget to tell him how the wop licked the Jew," broke in the prisoner.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • I wonder can they be talking French, maybe, or wop, or something?

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • I began filling the spoon, with the help of "Marty," the wop.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • Wasn't there a wop named Pizarro or somethin' what got lost down in Florida?

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • Even a dumb-head wop gets his English rapidly when he's where he has to talk that or nothing.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • Down near the station he climbed the steps of wop Harry's lunch wagon and had a sandwich and a cup of coffee.

    Tom Slade at Black Lake Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • I'm nothing but an ordinary day-laborer, a plain Mick, a sort of a wop, obeying orders.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • Maybe you think its easy to argue with a wop that doesnt understand ten words of English.

  • She saw a fellow, some kind of a wop with a greasy face and long hair, pick his teeth with a fork.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for wop

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wop

woozily

adverb

In a woozy manner: I balanced myself woozily on the flats of my hands/ tottered woozily off a plane from Tripoli (1911+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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