diaper

noun
di·​a·​per | \ˈdī-pər also ˈdī-ə- \

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\-​p(ə-​)riŋ \

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

My husband occasionally changes diapers, and when people hear that, confetti everywhere. Melania Hidalgo, The Cut, "The Best New-Mom Jokes From Ali Wong’s Netflix Special, Hard Knock Wife," 17 May 2018 Her two sets of keys were located in her purse and diaper bag. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Michigan mom warns parents about keyless entry cars after son got locked inside hot vehicle," 7 Sep. 2018 Children's toys and diaper bags are a no, but a glass of wine may help set the mood. Kate Sullivan, Allure, "How to Take Your Best Nude Selfie Ever," 20 Aug. 2018 The Boymels, a German family, have three things and three things only: $7, a suitcase full of diapers and each other. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "With Holocaust center's move, Union Terminal will, once more, be a refuge for survivors," 6 July 2018 Teachers at Christian Dariel’s school in Kissimmee overwhelm Baez with donated food and boxes of diapers. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "These Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane María's destruction built a community at a Super 8 in Kissimmee. Now, they have to leave it.," 27 June 2018 Over his shoulder, a soggy bowl of chocolate-puff cereal grows warmer, next to a stack of diapers. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "Middle College High School in Gulfton is last chance for at-risk students," 12 June 2018 Protect yourself by: Always washing your hands when preparing or eating food, before and after touching animals, using the restroom, or changing diapers. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Recognize Salmonella Symptoms If You've Eaten Contaminated Products," 24 July 2018 These caregivers are often family members who devote their time to changing adult diapers, making sure medications get taken as prescribed, and other labors of love. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "No More Union Skimming," 17 July 2018

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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 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)

: 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, 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of diaper (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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