nappy

noun (1)
nap·py | \ˈna-pē \

Definition of nappy 

(Entry 1 of 4)

chiefly Scotland

: liquor specifically : ale

nappy

noun (2)
plural nappies

Definition of nappy (Entry 2 of 4)

: a rimless shallow open serving dish

nappy

noun (3)
plural nappies

Definition of nappy (Entry 3 of 4)

chiefly British

nappy

adjective
nappier; nappiest

Definition of nappy (Entry 4 of 4)

1 of hair, informal, sometimes offensive : naturally coarse and tightly coiled : kinky sense 1 He looks hip and relaxed in jeans and a floppy salt-and-pepper sweater, a soul patch beneath his lower lip, his hair cropped short and stylishly nappy.— Jeffrey Tayler A Nova Scotia court martial heard contrasting views from witnesses Monday on whether a white reservist's use of the word "nappy" to describe a black co-worker's hair was intended as a racial slur.The Calgary Herald In "Nappy Hair," the 51-year-old Herron, who is black, tells how her uncle taught her to celebrate her hair—and her culture. The controversy caught her by surprise, since Herron does not regard the word "nappy," or frizzy, as negative.— Lisa Meyer

2 : having a hairy, fuzzy, or downy surface Press velvets, velours, corduroy, or other nappy fabrics on the wrong side; don't let the iron rest on the fabric.Consumer Reports Thrift and resale shops are no longer a haven for nappy sweaters and faded blue jeans.— Natalie Boehme

First Known Use of nappy

Noun (1)

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1731, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1927, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nappy

Noun (1)

obsolete nappy, adjective, foaming

Noun (2)

English dialect nap bowl, from Middle English, from Old English hnǣpp; akin to Old High German hnapf bowl

Noun (3)

napkin + -y entry 4

Adjective

nap entry 3

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The first known use of nappy was circa 1550

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nappy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nappy

of hair : having many tight bends or curls

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