greaseball vs wop what difference

what is difference between greaseball and wop

English

Etymology

grease +‎ ball; derived from the fact that Italian-Americans are stereotyped as having greasy or greased-up hair, e.g. John Travolta in Grease and Saturday Night Fever.

Pronunciation

Noun

greaseball (plural greaseballs)

  1. (US, slang, derogatory, ethnic slur) A person of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, other Mediterranean, or Latin American descent.
    • 1982, Stephen King, Survivor Type
      Do you think I wanted to walk across that stage and get my diploma and look down and see that fat greaseball sitting there? [] I got into a fraternity, too. It wasn’t one of the good ones, not with a name like Pinzetti, but a fraternity all the same.
  2. (slang) A mechanic.
  3. (slang) A biker, a tough.
  4. (slang) A rocker or metalhead, especially one who listens to 1950s rock and roll or 1980s thrash metal.

Synonyms

  • (person of Italian descent): dago
  • (person of Italian descent): Eyetie
  • (person of Italian descent): goombah
  • (person of Italian descent): guido
  • (person of Italian descent): guinea
  • (person of Italian descent): wog
  • (person of Italian descent): wop

Translations



English

Etymology

From Neapolitan guappo (dude, stud), a greeting borrowed from Spanish guapo (bold, handsome).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /wɒp/
  • Rhymes: -ɒp

Noun

wop (plural wops)

  1. (Britain, US, slang, derogatory, ethnic slur) A person of Italian descent.

Synonyms

  • (person of Italian descent): dago, Eyetie, goombah, greaseball, guido, guinea, wog

Translations

Verb

wop (third-person singular simple present wops, present participle wopping, simple past and past participle wopped)

  1. (Southern US) to physically hit, especially hitting a person with a hand

Anagrams

  • POW, PoW, pow

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • wope, weop

Etymology

From Old English wōp, from Proto-Germanic *wōpaz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /woːp/

Noun

wop (plural wopes)

  1. the action of or a moment of crying or weeping; lamentation

Descendants

  • English: woop, whoop

References

  • “wọ̄p(e, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-07-12.

Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *wōpaz (clamour, weeping).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /woːp/

Noun

wōp m (nominative plural wōpas)

  1. weeping, lamentation

Declension

Descendants

  • Middle English: wop, weop
    • English: woop, whoop

Torricelli

Noun

wop

  1. water

References

  • transnewguinea.org, citing D. C. Laycock, Languages of the Lumi Subdistrict (West Sepik District), New Guinea (1968), Oceanic Linguistics, 7 (1): 36-66

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