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

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
No disrespect to the pastry chef, the talent behind the lovely bonbons and edible parting gifts, but the sweetest thing here is the Burkes’ toddler, Atticus, who plays or naps behind the kitchen door and whose dad might trot him out at the end of service. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 Sasha McCoy, a 27-year-old Washington, D.C., mother, was charged with first-degree murder in the 2022 death of her 3-year-old daughter after authorities said the girl had ingested McCoy's Percocet that was laced with fentanyl and left on the bed where the child was napping. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 19 Feb. 2024 Anecdotes abound of elk and pronghorn strolling around turbines or napping in their shade. Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Police said a kilogram of fentanyl was found underneath a mat where the children napped. Maria Paronich, Fox News, 24 Jan. 2024 Curled up on a sofa, the baby star can be seen napping in a bubblegum tutu. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 This would be a great gift for anyone who struggles to get a good night's rest or who loves to nap. Enjanae' Taylor, Southern Living, 23 Jan. 2024 One of the gems in the project was a nursery school, where farmers’ children could nap on cots. Amity Shlaes, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 Her 5-year-old brother was napping and her mother was in the shower when the fire started in the garage. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024
Noun
When my sons were babies and toddlers, self-care meant getting a haircut every six months and maybe squeezing in a nap. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Roast marshmallows and make s'mores on the beach, learn how to build a sandcastle like the pros with the hotel's sand sculpture lessons, or kick back in a hammock and take a nap while listening to lapping waves. Kara Franker, Southern Living, 13 Feb. 2024 This ingenious device is like a little hammock for your feet, providing you with a cozy space to unwind and enjoy a good nap. Jessica Copeland, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 That included our daughter's wake-up time, wake windows, naps (down from three to two), and bedtime rituals. Tiffany Leigh, Parents, 4 Feb. 2024 This loving girl is fond of perching on her cat tree or stretching out across it for naps. The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2024 Soon my weekly lesson with the new pro in the Hamptons—a kind, warm, cute, and funny guy with an awe-inspiring tan—was the only thing getting me from nap time to bedtime. Zibby Owens, Vogue, 12 Feb. 2024 Don't let your little one take even one more nap in an unsafe sleeping environment. Christin Perry, Parents, 31 Jan. 2024 For people without kids, a rainy day is a great excuse to catch up on a long overdue project, read a good book, or take a nap. Allison Andrews, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near nap

Cite this Entry

“Nap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nap. Accessed 1 Mar. 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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