- The definition of neap is a type of tide that happens just after the first and third quarters of the lunar cycle when the low tides are higher and the high tides are lower.
An example of neap is weaker tides present in the oceans.
Origin of neapMiddle English neep ; from Old English nep- in nepflod, neap tide
Origin of neapprobably ; from Old Norse as in Norwegian dialect, dialectal neip, forked pole
Perhaps of Scandinavian origin: compare dialectal Norwegian neip (“forked pole”).
(third-person singular simple present neaps, present participle neaping, simple past and past participle neaped)
- To trap a ship (ship and crew) in water too shallow to move, due to the smaller tidal range occurring in a period of neap tides.
Old English nēp- in nēpflōd (“neap tide”).