1

nap

play
verb \ˈnap\

Definition of nap

napped

;

napping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sleep briefly especially during the day :  doze

  3. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

nap

noun

Definition of nap

  1. :  a short sleep especially during the day :  snooze

14th Century

First Known Use of nap

14th century


3

nap

noun

Definition of nap

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 15th century


4

nap

verb

Definition of nap

napped

;

napping

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to raise a nap on (fabric or leather)

1608

First Known Use of nap

1608


5

nap

noun

Definition of nap

British

  1. :  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)


First Known Use: 1895


6

nap

verb

Definition of nap

napped

;

napping

British

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to pick or single out in a nap

1927

First Known Use of nap

1927



NAP Defined for Kids

1

nap

play
noun \ˈnap\

Definition of nap for Students

  1. :  a short sleep especially during the day


2

nap

play
verb

Definition of nap for Students

napped

;

napping

  1. 1 :  to sleep briefly especially during the day

  2. 2 :  to be unprepared When the ball came to her, she was caught napping.


3

nap

play
noun

Definition of nap for Students

  1. :  a hairy or fluffy surface (as on cloth)



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