[nip-uh-neez, -nees] /ˌnɪp əˈniz, -ˈnis/

noun, plural Nipponese, adjective
adjective, noun (pl) -nese
another word for Japanese

“Japanese,” 1859, from Nippon, Japanese word for “Japan,” from ni(chi) “the sun” + pon, hon “source,” which is said to be from Chinese for “rising sun-place.” Derisive slang shortening Nip attested from 1942.


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