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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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 one seems to date only to c.1985.


n. (context UK US slang derogatory ethnic slur English) A person of Italian descent.


n. offensive terms for a person of Italian descent [syn: dago, Guinea, greaseball]


Wop is a pejorative slur used to describe Italians, or people of Italian descent.

WOP (disambiguation)

Wop is a pejorative slur for Italians.

Wop or WOP may also refer to:

  • Wop May (1896–1952), Canadian flying ace in the First World War
  • "Wop" (song), by rapper J. Dash
  • World of Padman, a computer game
Wop (song)

"Wop" (stylized "WOP") is a hip-hop song by J. Dash featuring pop rapper Flo Rida. First recorded in 2007, it was released in 2011 to serve as the lead single for J. Dash' album "Tabloid Truth", released in 2012.

While initially a minor hit in the United States on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart following the release of the album, "Wop" received renewed attention in March 2013 when it was prominently featured in a viral video created by pop singer Miley Cyrus, which featured her performing a twerking routine to the song. The popularity of the video, along with parodies and responses made by fans, influenced its re-emergence on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 2013, peaking at #51 on the Hot 100, and #14 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Usage examples of "wop".

It wor a wopper too, To get it aght they all wor fast Which iver way to do.

Where Homer wrote of horses and the tamers of horses, our contemporaries write of trains, automobiles, and the various species of wops and bohunks who control the horsepower.

To Wally you were either a Jap or Chink or a wop ginney or Afro-head, or any of a dozen other epithets he reserved for the varieties of the human animal.

Bloom snorted disgustedly, feeling outraged that a dimwit Wop of a buckass private should have money for icecream while the corporals went broke.

Prew grinned, feeling the stiffness soften as he looked at the furious narrowshouldered little Wop.

Kerry Wopner was carrying a paper plate groaning under the weight of twin lobsters, potato salad, and corn on the cob.

I had a skeleton crew walking the halls, and two good niggaz, Spanish Jimmy and Rocco the Wop, stashed in a storage room behind the kitchen.

Brokebaugh just spares me the humiliation of denouncing Gregorio as a former busboy in Yincenti's wop restaurant in West Fiftieth Street and still wanted for robbing the damper of thirty-six dollars.

But what she hits me with back of the head is not an apple, or a peach, or a rutabaga, or a cabbage, or even a casaba melon, but a brickbat that the wop has on his cart to weight down the paper sacks in which he sells his goods.

The Italians are generally called Eye-ties, which is less offensive than Wops, and there is no popular feeling against them whatever, nor against the Japanese as yet.

Til he so longe hadde wopen and compleyned, And many a yeer his service to me feyned, Til that myn herte, to pitous and to nyce, Al innocent of his corouned malice, For-fered of his deeth, as thoughte me, Upon hise othes and his seuretee, Graunted hym love up this condicioun That everemoore myn honour and renoun Were saved, bothe privee and apert.

At the hundred-foot level, a tunnel led to a large room: the vault where Wopner was killed.

I still felt guilty as sin for worshipping Alice, especially after she'd dumped me for a greasy, God damn Wop.

Wopner replied eagerly, waving the plate heaped with oyster crackers under the man's nose.

Most footballers look the same to me, but as they say: 'The beat goes on, don't knock the rock, boogie with a suitcase, won't you rock me daddio and a wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom!