Nappy definition

năpē
A round, shallow cooking or serving dish with a flat bottom and sloping sides.
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Ale.
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(often offensive) Tightly curled or coiled. Used of hair.
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A small, shallow, flat-bottomed dish for serving food.
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Covered with nap; hairy, downy, shaggy, etc.
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Kinky; frizzy.
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Foaming; heady; strong.
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(UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa) An absorbent garment worn by a baby who does not yet have voluntary control of his or her bladder and bowels or by someone who is incontinent; a diaper.
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To put a nappy on.

The mother nappied the baby.

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Having a nap (of cloth etc.); downy; shaggy.
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(US, slang) Of hair: tightly curled or twisted; frizzy (occasionally specifically in reference to Blacks' textured hair).
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Inclined to sleep; sleepy.

To feel nappy.

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A shallow, flat-bottomed earthenware or glass bowl with sloping sides.
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(of a drink) Foamy; having a large head.
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(of a horse) Nervous, excitable.
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1857, Hugh Miller, The Cruise of the Betsey, 2009, Echo Library, page 248,

Weel do I mind that in a"² our neeborly meetings"”bridals, christenings, lyke-wakes an"² the like,"”we entertained ane anither wi"² rich nappy ale; [...] . But the tea has put out the nappy; an"² I have remarked, that by losing the nappy we lost baith ghaists an"² fairies.

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Having a nap; fuzzy.

A nappy carpet.

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A diaper.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of nappy - nappie

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nappy
Plural:
nappies

Adjective

Base Form:
nappy
Comparative:
nappier
Superlative:
nappiest

Origin of nappy

  • Probably from dialectal nap bowl from Middle English from Old English hnæp

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of napkin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English nap, from Old English hnæp, hnæpp, hnæpf (“cup, bowl"), from Proto-Germanic *hnappaz (“bowl, goblet, cup"). See hanaper.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably shortened from napkin (but possibly a corruption of French nappe, since napkin is already a diminutive).

    From Wiktionary

  • From nap +"Ž -y.

    From Wiktionary