diaper

noun
di·​a·​per | \ ˈdī-pər How to pronounce diaper (audio) also ˈdī-ə- How to pronounce diaper (audio) \

Definition of diaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

diaper

verb
diapered; diapering\ ˈdī-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce diapering (audio) \

Definition of diaper (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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diaper 2

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Amid the walkers and shower stools and adult diapers, the compression socks had half an aisle to themselves. Andrea Denhoed, The New Yorker, "A Word of Thanks for My Compression Socks," 2 July 2019 Always wash your hands after using the toilet, changing diapers, and before and after caring for someone who is ill with diarrhea. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "CDC Warns of Swimming Pool Parasite “Crypto” Ahead of July 4th Holiday," 1 July 2019 Matias visited the boy at his caseworker’s office, changed diapers and learned to prepare a bottle. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019 My niece just had a baby, and her husband is changing diapers, bathing and feeding the little one and even taking the night shift so his wife can rest and recover. NBC News, "Working Mother's Subha Barry: 6 ways men can help women advance in the workplace," 14 June 2019 Aside from changing diapers, Legend also has his hands full raising his two kids with Teigen. PEOPLE.com, "John Legend Wants Dads to Be 'Active' in Diaper Duty by Adding Changing Tables in Men's Rooms," 11 June 2019 At 7 years old, their lives are often relegated to caring for younger siblings: changing diapers, consoling, looking out for them. National Geographic, "A humanitarian crisis emerges as ISIS falls in northern Syria," 27 Mar. 2019 Here are some tips from Thoroughman to help you and your child avoid the parasite, or mitigate its effects if you are infected: Don't let children swim in pools, or carefully change diapers away from pools and wash your hands. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "There may be a fecal-borne disease in your pool this summer. How to protect yourself," 10 Dec. 2018 Some infants were walking around without diapers, according to the accounts. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Border crisis, immigration: What we know about child detention centers, deportations, the photo," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The early weeks have smeared in memory: a steady flow of friends and relatives, an endless chain of diapering and feeding. Anndee Hochman, https://www.inquirer.com, "The Parent Trip: Latisha ‘Tish’ Johnson of Mt. Airy," 5 June 2019 The endless cycle of crying, feeding, burping, diapering, bathing, clothing and coddling, while trying to battle fatigue and pain after birth is taxing. Shanon Lee, Redbook, "Why I Refuse to Feel Shame for Bottle Feeding," 14 July 2015 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of diaper

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diaper

Noun

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

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diaper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : a piece of cloth or other material that is placed between a baby's legs and fastened around the waist to hold body waste

diaper

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diaper (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to put a diaper on (someone)

diaper

noun
di·​a·​per | \ ˈdī-pər How to pronounce diaper (audio) , ˈdī-ə-pər\

Kids Definition of diaper

: a piece of absorbent material for a baby worn pulled up between the legs and fastened around the waist

diaper

noun
di·​a·​per | \ ˈdī(-ə)-pər How to pronounce diaper (audio) \

Medical Definition of diaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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
diapered; diapering\ -​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce diapering (audio) \

Medical Definition of diaper (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put on or change the diaper of (an infant)

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