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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Noun

diaper 2

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

William also discussed learning to change diapers with men attending the group. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Describes "Fear of Having a Newborn" & Kate Middleton Says She Was a "Naive" Parent," 16 Feb. 2019 For instance, Vine reviews for Amazon’s Mama Bear diapers and baby products averaged 4.36 stars; non-Vine reviews averaged 3.82 stars. New York Times, "Amazon, the Brand Buster," 23 June 2018 National Diaper Bank This organization is comprised of more than 200 local diaper banks, and is seeing a massive increase in need during the shutdown. Donate here. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Help Federal Workers During the Government Shutdown," 25 Jan. 2019 Potential items include a range of food options, pain killers, and emergency essentials like diapers or an ice scraper. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Alphabet’s Wing is launching a free 10-minute drone delivery service in Finland," 5 Dec. 2018 Matt Cardy/Getty Images There was also a balloon resembling an angry baby Trump wearing a diaper, which activists flew over Parliament Square in London on Friday. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "“Dump Trump”: tens of thousands across the UK protest Trump’s visit," 13 July 2018 Litter — cans and bottles, bags and food containers, dirty diapers and all manner of refuse — long has been a problem at boat ramps. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 At many Border Patrol stations, storage closets are filled with juice boxes, diapers and snacks that migrant families may need while being held in the facilities for up to 72 hours. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Tensions at U.S.-Mexico Border Revive Fears From Decades Past," 2 Dec. 2018 Including pizza boxes, Ikea receipts, and — in this latest instance — photo evidence of a sleepless night spent tending blownout diapers and a restless baby. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Reveals Where To Buy Everything In Baby Crew's Nursery," 6 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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