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ˈnæp inap·py

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diaper, nappy, napkinadjective

    garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement

  2. crisp, frizzly, frizzy, kinky, nappyadjective

    (of hair) in small tight curls


  1. nappynoun

    A shallow, flat-bottomed earthenware or glass bowl with sloping sides.

  2. nappynoun

    A kind of strong ale; nappy ale.

  3. nappyadjective

    Foamy; having a large head.

  4. nappyadjective

    Nervous, excitable.

  5. Etymology: Probably shortened from napkin (but possibly a corruption of nappe, since napkin is already a diminutive).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nappyadjective

    Frothy; spumy; from nap; whence apples and ale are called lamb’s wooll.

    Etymology: from nap. Mr. Edward Lye derives it from nappe, Saxon, a cup.

    When I my thresher heard,
    With nappy beer I to the barn repair’d. John Gay, Past.


  1. nappy

    A diaper /ˈdaɪpə(r)/ (American and Canadian English) or a nappy (Australian English, British English, and Hiberno-English) is a type of underwear that allows the wearer to urinate or defecate without using a toilet, by absorbing or containing waste products to prevent soiling of outer clothing or the external environment. When diapers become wet or soiled, they require changing, generally by a second person such as a parent or caregiver. Failure to change a diaper on a sufficiently regular basis can result in skin problems around the area covered by the diaper. Diapers are made of cloth or synthetic disposable materials. Cloth diapers are composed of layers of fabric such as cotton, hemp, bamboo, microfiber, or even plastic fibers such as PLA or PU, and can be washed and reused multiple times. Disposable diapers contain absorbent chemicals and are thrown away after use. Diapers are primarily worn by infants, toddlers who are not yet toilet trained, and by children who experience bedwetting. They are also used by adults under certain circumstances or with various conditions, such as incontinence. Adult users can include those of advanced age, patients bed-bound in a hospital, individuals with certain types of physical or mental disability, and people working in extreme conditions, such as astronauts. It is not uncommon for people to wear diapers under dry suits.


  1. nappy

    A nappy is a thick piece of soft cloth or disposable material that is fastened around a baby's bottom and between its legs to absorb and retain urine and feces. It is also known as a diaper in some countries like the US. Additionally, in some cultures, 'nappy' can colloquially refer to hair that is tightly coiled or curly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nappyadjective

    inclined to sleep; sleepy; as, to feel nappy

  2. Nappyadjective

    tending to cause sleepiness; serving to make sleepy; strong; heady; as, nappy ale

  3. Nappyadjective

    having a nap or pile; downy; shaggy

  4. Nappynoun

    a round earthen dish, with a flat bottom and sloping sides

  5. Etymology: [OE. nap, AS. hnaep cup, bowl. See Hanaper.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nappy

    nap′i, adj. heady, strong: tipsy.—n. strong ale. [Prob. from nap, a sleep.]

  2. Nappy

    nap′i, adj. (Scot.) brittle. [Cf. Knap.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. nappyadjective

    Term used to describe kinky uncombed hair. Generally associated with African Americans. If you growing nappy rolls you and playa super down -- Playa Fly (Nappy Hair & Gold Teeth)

Editors Contribution

  1. nappy

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, sizes and styles for a baby.

    Nappies are designed to be resused e.g. cloth nappy or disposable so you bin after use.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 20, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nappy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nappy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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