Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Ayrab n.

also A-rab
[deliberate mispron. and popularized in song ‘Ahab the Ayrab’ (1962) by Ray Stevens. While usu. used of Arabs or Muslim believers, occas. used by European Jews (Ashkenazis) of Eastern and North African Jews (Sephardis)]

(US) a derog. term for an Arab; also attrib.

C.H. Robbins Gam 188: Then that Ay-rab begun cussin’ worse’ n forty pirates on a raft!
Hearst’s International 80 136/2: You’ll act like a Christian and not an Ay-rab or back you go to the courts and reform school .
V. Sheean Tide 161: ‘I’m a black Ay-rab Jewish bitch, McGinnis,’ she said calmly.
[US]O. Ferguson ‘Vocabulary for Lakes, [etc.]’ AS XIX:2 104: An Ay-rab, meaning almost any dark-skinned cousin of less than minimum competence.
[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 19: The Ayrabs stood around [...] wearing G.I. mattress covers.
[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 36: City unions teach you that Chinamens are your brothers! Ayrabs! Mexes!
L. Rosten Captain Newman, M.D. 120: Next thing, I’m in a Red Cross wagon or somethin’ with some Ayrab.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 83: One look at [...] this fuckin’ A-rab of yours and he’ll bolt like a rabbit.
[US]Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 151: Ayrab Anyone from an Arab country, or of Islam religion excepting Black Muslims, or of Arab ancestry. Sometimes applied to Sephardic Jews by Jews of [East] European descent, as a gesture of extreme contempt, indicating the European Jewish attitude that Jews having adopted some Arab customs are not true Jews at all.
M. Miller 1001 Coffee Mornings 191: Ayrab values and Ayrab culture and Ayrab morals are the greatest. He just doesn’t wanna know ’bout America. Says it’s corrupt, decadent, doomed.
R. Laxalt Dust Devils 89: There was a horse inside, but I couldn’t tell if it was Ayrab.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Jungletown Jihad’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 328: Ahab the A-rab. Where’s your camel, motherfucker?
J.L. Kincheloe Teaching aghainst Islamophobia 39: Images of the manipulative, dishonest, and scheming ‘Ay-rab’ that fill our television and movie screens.