often capitalized
used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a person of Italian birth or descent

Word History


Italian dialect guappo swaggerer, tough, from Spanish guapo, probably from Middle French dialect vape, wape weak, insipid, from Latin vappa wine gone flat

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wop was in 1906

Dictionary Entries Near wop

Cite this Entry

“Wop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wop. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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