wop

Definition

Slang

  • noun an Italian. This derogatory term originating in the USA is now common in all English-speaking areas. The word was first applied to young dandified ne’er-do-wells, thugs or pimps in New York’s Little Italy in the first decade of the 20th century. It derives from the Sicilian dialect term guappo, itself from the Spanish guapo, meaning handsome.
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