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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pap, pablum(noun)

    worthless or oversimplified ideas

  2. soft diet, pap, spoon food(noun)

    a diet that does not require chewing; advised for those with intestinal disorders

  3. nipple, mammilla, mamilla, pap, teat, tit(noun)

    the small projection of a mammary gland


  1. Pap(n.)

    Hence: Any speech, writing, or idea lacking substance, or of trivial content; oversimplified, trite, or worthless ideas.

    Etymology: [Cf. D. pap, G. pappe, both perh. fr. L. papa, pappa, the word with which infants call for food: cf. It. pappa.]


  1. pap(Verb)

    Of a paparazzo, to take a surreptitious photograph of (someone, especially a celebrity) without their consent.

    Look, that pop star's been papped in her bikini again!

    Etymology: Shortened form of Pap smear from Georgios Papanikolaou, American physician.

  2. pap(Adjective)

    (South African slang): Flat

    Etymology: Shortened form of Pap smear from Georgios Papanikolaou, American physician.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pap(noun)

    a nipple; a mammilla; a teat

    Etymology: [Cf. OSw. papp. Cf. Pap soft food.]

  2. Pap(noun)

    a rounded, nipplelike hill or peak; anything resembling a nipple in shape; a mamelon

    Etymology: [Cf. OSw. papp. Cf. Pap soft food.]

  3. Pap(noun)

    a soft food for infants, made of bread boiled or softtened in milk or water

    Etymology: [Cf. OSw. papp. Cf. Pap soft food.]

  4. Pap(noun)

    nourishment or support from official patronage; as, treasury pap

    Etymology: [Cf. OSw. papp. Cf. Pap soft food.]

  5. Pap(noun)

    the pulp of fruit

    Etymology: [Cf. OSw. papp. Cf. Pap soft food.]

  6. Pap(verb)

    to feed with pap

    Etymology: [Cf. OSw. papp. Cf. Pap soft food.]


  1. Pap

    Pap, also known as mieliepap in South Africa, is a traditional porridge / polenta made from mielie-meal and a staple food of the Bantu inhabitants of South Africa. Many traditional South African dishes include pap, such as smooth maize meal porridge, pap with a very thick consistency that can be held in the hand and a more dry crumbly phutu pap. A variety of savouries are used to accompany pap, made from green vegetables, and flavoured with chilli. Afrikaners in the northern parts of the country eat it as a breakfast staple, with milk and sugar, but also serve it with meat and tomato-stew at other meals, When they are having a braai, stywe pap or phutu pap with a savoury sauce like tomato and onion or mushroom and cheese is an important part of the meal. In the Cape-provinces it is almost exclusively seen as a breakfast food. Since mielie-meal is inexpensive, poor people combine it with vegetables. It can be served hot or, after it has cooled, it can be fried. Phutu porridge is sometimes enjoyed with chakalaka as a side dish with braais.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pap

    pap, n. soft food for infants: pulp of fruit: nourishment: (slang) the emoluments or perquisites of public office.—v.t. to feed with pap.—adjs. Papes′cent, Pap′py.—ns. Pap′meat, soft food for infants; Pap′spoon, a spoon for infants. [Imit.]

  2. Pap

    pap, n. a nipple or teat: a woman's breast: a round conical hill, as the Paps of Jura.

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  1. app , App

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PAP in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PAP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of PAP in a Sentence

  1. Julia Glade Bender:

    So all of those healthy lifestyle ideas that we try to teach everybody become of paramount importance to a cancer survivor, so the basics; good nutrition, exercise, don’t smoke, avoid the sun and do those screening procedures that we know are very important to adults like mammograms and pap smears.

  2. Lauren Demosthenes:

    As we care for patients, we are constantly learning and adjusting recommendations as new scientific information is released. In the case of pap smear guidelines, we are intent on balancing benefits and harms to patients, part of the concern with younger aged testing is the downstream testing with colposcopy, biopsy and then the intervention of removing or ablating a portion of the cervix which has been linked to an increased risk of premature birth.

  3. Bruce Neal:

    Two points here : first, while it’s an intuitively appealing finding, it is statistically rather weak, second, good adherence is hard to achieve with current therapeutic options for PAP. If a new, very well-tolerated mode of PAP therapy is identified, it would be really helpful to do a large outcome trial to try and confirm this tantalizing observation.

  4. Karen Gibson:

    I have had people screaming at me from the car window, i do get stopped every time I go down the road - photos being taken - sometimes they're trying to pap you (take paparazzi photos) on the sly when they think you're not looking. It's beautiful!

  5. Warner Huh:

    For years, women's health care has been anchored around the Pap smear.

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