- Archaic cloth or fabric with a woven pattern of repeated small figures, such as diamonds
- a napkin, towel, etc. of such cloth
- such a pattern, as in art
- a soft, absorbent cloth folded and arranged between the legs and around the waist of a baby to absorb and contain excretions
- a piece of absorbent material with a waterproof outer layer, having the same function but intended to be discarded after a single usein full disposable diaper
Origin of diaperMiddle English from Old French diapre, diaspre, kind of ornamented cloth from Medieval Latin diasprum, flowered cloth, altered (after dia-, dia-, because of Medieval Latin pronunciation of initial j-) from jaspis from Classical Latin iaspis, jasper
- to give a diaper design to
- to put a fresh diaper on (a baby)
- a. A folded piece of absorbent material, such as paper or cloth, that is placed between a baby's legs and fastened at the waist to contain excretions.b. A similar piece of material, worn by incontinent adults.
- a. A pattern composed of small, regularly repeated geometric motifs, usually diamonds or lozenges, used to decorate a surface.b. A white cotton or linen fabric having such a pattern.c. A piece of such fabric.
transitive verbdi·a·pered, di·a·per·ing, di·a·pers
- To put a diaper on.
- To weave or decorate in a diaper pattern.
Origin of diaperMiddle English textile with a diaper pattern from Old French diapre variant of diaspre from Medieval Latin diasprum from Medieval Greek diaspros pure white, of white interspersed with other colors (sense uncertain) Greek dia- dia- Late Greek aspros white ( from aspron silver denarius (originally *“new, unworn coin”) ) ( from earlier Late Greek aspros rough ) ( from Latin asper rough, unworn (used of new coins whose relief had not yet been worn smooth) )
roofing pattern on a building in Obernai, in the Alsace region of France
- A textile fabric having a diamond-shaped pattern formed by alternating directions of thread.
- A towel or napkin made from such fabric.
- (North America) An absorbent garment worn by a baby, by a young child not yet toilet trained, or by an older person who is incontinent; a nappy.
- The diamond pattern associated with diaper textiles.
- Surface decoration of any sort which consists of the constant repetition of one or more simple figures or units of design evenly spaced.
(third-person singular simple present diapers, present participle diapering, simple past and past participle diapered)
- To put diapers on someone.
- Diapering a baby is something you have to learn fast.
- To draw flowers or figures, as upon cloth.
From Old French dyapre, diaspre, from mediaeval Latin diaspra, diasprum from Byzantine Greek δίασπρος (adj), from δια- (“across”) + άσπρος (“white”).