A barber trims the hair at the nape of this mans neck.
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 (â€œgobletâ€), as there is a hollow at the base of the skull.
- (obsolete) A tablecloth.
From Middle English, from Old French nape, nappe (â€œa clothâ€), from Medieval Latin nappa, napa (â€œcloth, table-cloth, sheetâ€), alteration of Latin mappa (â€œa cloth, napkin, towelâ€). 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.