Definition of trapo in English:

trapo

noun

SE Asian
derogatory
  • A politician perceived as belonging to a conventional and corrupt ruling class.

    ‘we need to replace trapos with real lawmakers’
    as modifier ‘it smacks of trapo politics and crass opportunism’

Origin

1980s: contraction of traditional and politician, influenced by Tagalog trapo ‘rag’, from Spanish.

Pronunciation

trapo

/ˈtrapəʊ/