Origin of napeMiddle English ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of napeMiddle English.
- The back part of the neck.
Unknown, circa 1300. Possibly from Old French hanap (“goblet"), as there is a hollow at the base of the skull.
- (obsolete) A tablecloth.
From Middle English, from Old French nape, nappe (“a cloth"), from Medieval Latin nappa, napa (“cloth, table-cloth, sheet"), alteration of Latin mappa (“a cloth, napkin, towel"). More at map, apron.
(third-person singular simple present napes, present participle naping, simple past and past participle naped)
- To bombard with napalm.
Short for napalm.