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

But, having Cole by her side, someone who has been dealing with the limelight pretty much since diapers, has helped Lili cope with the new fame. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Lili Reinhart Reveals What It’s Really Like to Date Cole Sprouse," 9 Oct. 2018 Rey and 11 other women, all from the Bay Area, had trucked in 1,000 pounds of clothes, diapers, food, toys, and other items, many of them shipped by mail. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Volunteers flock to help immigrant children: 'There is love out there'," 25 June 2018 People could embrace new possibilities of love and self-expression in keeping with their deeper natures, emancipated from the tyrannies of the sperm and egg, the blastulablob, the diapers and the upchuck and the school tuitions. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The Sexual Revolution and the Church," 24 Oct. 2018 For long hikes that will require packing in diapers, wipes, and extra baby clothes, select a carrier that has multiple pockets and space for water and extra gear. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Hike With Your Kids Using These Child Carrier Backpacks," 28 Nov. 2018 In the video, two children were screaming and the boy was wearing only a diaper. Catalina Ruiz Parra, miamiherald, "Woman and her two small children perch precariously on ledge, police bodycam shows | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 On the Plaza Simon Bolivar, Montero sits with baby Hector, who now has on a diaper and has spent the last two days gobbling up formula, all donated by volunteers. Peter Prengaman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Desperate Venezuelans flood northern Brazil," 20 Mar. 2018 In December, one 3-year-old showed up to school wearing a pull-up diaper that was soiled. Marisa Russell, Woman's Day, "Teacher Of The Year Fired Over A Dirty Diaper," 23 Feb. 2015 Huggies 112-count size 4 disposable diapers $24.29 Price bump: 1.9% Kimberly-Clark expects 3% higher net selling prices in 2019. WSJ, "Paper Towels Cost How Much?," 16 Feb. 2019

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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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