1

nap

verb \ ˈnap \

Definition of nap

napped; napping
intransitive verb
1 : to sleep briefly especially during the day : doze
2 : to be off guard

Origin and Etymology of nap

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


2

nap

noun

Definition of nap

: a short sleep especially during the day : snooze

First Known Use of nap

14th century


3

nap

noun

Definition of nap

: a hairy or downy surface (as on a fabric)

napless

play \ˈnap-ləs\ adjective

napped

play \ˈnapt\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of nap

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


4

nap

verb

Definition of nap

napped; napping
transitive verb
: to raise a nap on (fabric or leather)

First Known Use of nap

1608


5

nap

noun

Definition of nap

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

Origin and Etymology of nap

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


6

nap

verb

Definition of nap

napped; napping
transitive verb
British
: to pick or single out in a nap

First Known Use of nap

1927



NAP Defined for Kids

1

nap

noun \ ˈnap \

Definition of nap for Students

: a short sleep especially during the day

2

nap

verb

Definition of nap for Students

napped; napping
1 : to sleep briefly especially during the day
2 : to be unprepared
  • When the ball came to her, she was caught napping.

3

nap

noun

Definition of nap for Students

: a hairy or fluffy surface (as on cloth)


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