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

LaRosa noticed the injury about 2:30 p.m. while changing his diaper and started cleaning the head wound with water and paper towels, the video showed. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "When toddler wouldn’t nap, caregiver got too rough, police say," 3 Aug. 2019 Both are still in diapers, throw their hands over their ears when there is a loud sound, and have not made friends at school. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "The autistic children of sperm donor H898," 16 Sep. 2019 Further Reading Parents of baby who had all of his diapers searched sue feds The government maintains several different lists for suspected terrorists. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Federal judge says terrorist watchlist is unconstitutional," 5 Sep. 2019 Mara wore an off-the-shoulder metallic gold bikini; Aria wore noise-cancelling headphones, a diaper, and a green sparkly bikini. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "Mara Martin Breastfed on Sports Illustrated's Catwalk and Women Everywhere Are Applauding Her," 17 July 2018 Things that come along with children – like night-time feedings, diaper changes and mountains of laundry – are time-consuming to do yourself and expensive to pay someone else to do. Leah Ruppanner, The Conversation, "Free preschool, longer school days and affordable day care help keep moms in the paid workforce," 12 Sep. 2019 One item that’s apparently banned from the diaper bag is cupcakes. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Chip Kelly doesn’t want his young UCLA team to start the season on a ‘cupcake’ diet," 3 Sep. 2019 His pants were on the floor along with a diaper full of loose stool. Andy Newman, New York Times, "On the Job, 24 Hours a Day, 27 Days a Month," 2 Sep. 2019 Police noted that the baby had labored breathing with ants crawling on it and a soiled diaper. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "16-day-old baby found on car floor covered in ants, Laurel County police say," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "What I Learned While Traveling Alone With a Baby," 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, "Harford school board OKs contracts for security cameras on new buses," 25 July 2019 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

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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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