nap

1 of 6

verb (1)

napped; napping

intransitive verb

1
: to sleep briefly especially during the day : doze
2
: to be off guard

nap

2 of 6

noun (1)

: a short sleep especially during the day : snooze

nap

3 of 6

noun (2)

: a hairy, fuzzy, or downy surface (as on a fabric)
napless adjective
napped adjective

nap

4 of 6

verb (2)

napped; napping

transitive verb

: to raise a nap on (fabric or leather)

nap

5 of 6

noun (3)

British
: a pick or recommendation as a good bet to win a contest (such as a horse race)
also : one named in a nap

nap

6 of 6

verb (3)

napped; napping

transitive verb

British
: to pick or single out in a nap

Examples of nap in a Sentence

Verb (1) decided to let the kids nap for a few more minutes before waking them I'm just going to nap the entire afternoon Noun (1) so tired that she needed to take a refreshing nap before soccer practice Noun (2) high-quality suede has a good, even nap
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
However, for cats who like to hide and nap under your bed, Dr. Savageau says that a cave, tent, tunnel, or covered option will suit them well by providing them a sense of security. Neha Tandon, Peoplemag, 24 June 2024 Shop deals for a backyard party, a chill afternoon with a friend or a cat nap in the sun. Sara Beth Bolin, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024
Noun
One of our sleep product testers taking a nap on the WinkBed. Ashley Zlatopolsky, Architectural Digest, 3 July 2024 Before his wife decided to take a nap, the couple disagreed over whether to refinance their home to help pay off debt, according to court records. Marcus Reichley, The Arizona Republic, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for nap 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English nappen, from Old English hnappian; akin to Old High German hnaffezen to doze

Noun (2)

Middle English noppe, from Middle Dutch, flock of wool, nap

Noun (3)

from to go nap (to make all the points in the card game Napoleon)

First Known Use

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1608, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1895, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nap was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nap. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

nap

1 of 4 verb
napped; napping
1
: to sleep briefly especially during the day
2
: to be off guard
was caught napping

nap

2 of 4 noun
: a short sleep especially during the day

nap

3 of 4 noun
: a hairy or downy surface on a woven fabric or leather
nappy
ˈnap-ē
adjective

nap

4 of 4 verb
napped; napping
: to raise a nap on fabric or leather
Etymology

Verb

Old English hnappian "to doze"

Noun

Middle English noppe "soft surface on a fabric," from early Dutch noppe "tuft of wool, nap"

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