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verb[no object]japs", "japping", "japped
Northern Irish, Scottish
(of a liquid) spatter or splash over a surface.‘the boiling water is japping from the spout’
- ‘The water boils suddenly, hissing and japping into the flames.’
- ‘Her skin was scattered with more freckles than a japped windscreen.’
- ‘Over the years the mesh had become clogged with flour dust and fat japped from the pan.’
- ‘My white socks grew grubby as the backs of my legs were japped with muddy water.’
- ‘The bacon spluttered, and he licked his gravy-japped finger.’
- ‘His pride and joy will be sitting bobbing about on its mooring happy to be released from its winter storage, itching to get its decks japped.’
Early 18th century: originally Scots, of imitative origin.
adjective & nounoffensive, informal
- short for Japanese
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