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 diaper (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

In the meaning defined above

Examples of diaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a board member, Valentine helps shape the direction of Bread for the City, which in addition to its medical clinics offers legal services, operates a clothing closet and diaper bank, and supplies groceries to hungry families. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Ever since the pandemic hit, the diaper bank has been giving away about 100 diapers per child, as opposed to 50. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 25 Dec. 2021 Ideal for those with dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to itchiness, allantoin is a common aftershave ingredient that helps relieve everything from razor burns to diaper rashes. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 There are also diaper drop-off locations in Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn for the Southwest Area Diaper Depository for Little Ends, or SWADDLE. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, 8 Dec. 2021 The Rock Church East County campus at 808 Jackman St., El Cajon, is hosting a free food, diaper and supplies distribution at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 Place it in your hotel’s crib for instant breathability to help guard against accidents or diaper messes. Tanya Klich, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Seventy-three children had a diaper changed at a La Quinta hotel in San Antonio. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Dec. 2021 Financial donations are used to purchase products and fund the diaper mission's warehouse space. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This person should have your full authority to wipe the noses of users and diaper the salespeople when needed. Gene Marks, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Families spend $75 a month to diaper one child, or 8% of a full-time minimum wage salary, and prices are expected to go up. Jennifer Randles, Time, 6 May 2021 And among the Black fathers who do live with their children, a higher percentage of them bathe, dress or diaper their kids compared with White dads, the study found. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020 The baby shower host had trivia games (guessing lines from popular children's books) and activities for the soon-to-be parents (diapering a doll blindfolded). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 19 May 2020 The more intense care required at this age — diapering, bottle feeding — also can’t be done without almost continual close contact and requires more adults per child, increasing the inherent risk. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, 23 May 2020 Besides environmental impact, Austin started cloth diapering her now 2-year-old twins for health reasons. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Oct. 2019 Extra towels provided padding for my makeshift diapering stations: the console under the TV at the Dupont Circle, the dresser at Four Seasons Montreal. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Aug. 2019 Duties and activities that may be required of the nurses include ventilator care, tracheotomy care and suctioning, medication administration, toileting/diapering and oral feeding. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, 25 July 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diaper. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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diaper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: 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

diaper

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

Medical Definition of diaper (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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