diaper

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noun

di·​a·​per ˈdī-pər How to pronounce diaper (audio)
also
ˈdī-ə- How to pronounce diaper (audio)
1
: a fabric with a distinctive pattern:
a
: a rich silk fabric
b
: a soft usually white linen or cotton fabric used for tablecloths or towels
2
: an allover pattern consisting of one or more small repeated units of design (such as geometric figures) connecting with one another or growing out of one another with continuously flowing or straight lines
3
: a basic garment for infants consisting of a folded cloth or other absorbent material drawn up between the legs and fastened about the waist
also : a similar garment especially for incontinent adults

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diaper

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verb

diapered; diapering ˈdī-p(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce diaper (audio)

transitive verb

1
: to ornament with diaper designs
2
: to put on or change the diaper of (an infant)

Examples of diaper in a Sentence

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Noun
Maybe the top companies in the baby diaper, baby formula, baby food, baby wipes and baby gear industries could kick in a few profit percentage points. Mary McNamara, The Mercury News, 10 May 2024 And rather than being fazed by the sleepless nights and endless diapers that come with having a little one, Robert and Margaret have taken them in stride. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for diaper 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English diapre, from Anglo-French diaspre, from Medieval Latin diasprum

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of diaper was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Diaper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diaper. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

diaper

1 of 2 noun
di·​a·​per ˈdī-(ə-)pər How to pronounce diaper (audio)
1
: a usually white linen or cotton fabric woven in a pattern formed by the repetition of a simple design
also : the design on such cloth
2
: a garment for infants consisting of a piece of absorbent material drawn up between the legs and fastened about the waist

diaper

2 of 2 verb
diapered; diapering -p(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce diaper (audio)
1
: to decorate with diaper designs
2
: to put a diaper on
diaper a baby

Medical Definition

diaper

1 of 2 noun
di·​a·​per ˈdī(-ə)-pər How to pronounce diaper (audio)
: a basic garment especially for infants consisting of a folded cloth or other absorbent material drawn up between the legs and fastened about the waist

diaper

2 of 2 transitive verb
diapered; diapering -p(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce diaper (audio)
: to put on or change the diaper of (an infant)

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