wop

wop

[wop]
noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
an Italian or a person of Italian descent.

Origin:
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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whop, informal (less commonly) wop or informal (less commonly) whap (wɒp)
 
vb , whops, whopping, whopped
1.  (tr) to strike, beat, or thrash
2.  (tr) to defeat utterly
3.  (intr) to drop or fall
 
n
4.  a heavy blow or the sound made by such a blow
 
[C14: variant of wap, perhaps of imitative origin]
 
wop, informal (less commonly) wop or informal (less commonly) whap
 
vb
 
n
 
[C14: variant of wap, perhaps of imitative origin]
 
whap, informal (less commonly) wop or informal (less commonly) whap
 
vb
 
n
 
[C14: variant of wap, perhaps of imitative origin]

wop1 (wɒp)
 
n
slang, derogatory a member of a Latin people, esp an Italian
 
[C20: probably from southern Italian dialect guappo dandy, braggart, from Spanish guapo]

wop2 (wɒp)
 
vb, —n , wops, wopping, wopped
a variant spelling of whop

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wop
derogatory for "Italian," 1912, Amer.Eng. slang, apparently from southern It. dialect guappo "dandy, dude, stud," a greeting among male Neapolitans, said to be from Sp. guapo "bold, dandy," which is from L. vappa "sour wine," also "worthless fellow;" related to vapidus (see vapid).
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