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nappy

noun nap·py \ ˈna-pē \

Definition of nappy

chiefly Scotland
: liquor; specifically : ale

Origin and Etymology of nappy

obsolete nappy, adjective, foaming

First Known Use: circa 1550

in the meaning defined above


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nappy

noun

Definition of nappy

plural nappies
: a rimless shallow open serving dish

Origin and Etymology of nappy

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

First Known Use: 1731

in the meaning defined above


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nappy

noun

Definition of nappy

plural nappies
chiefly British
: diaper 3

Origin and Etymology of nappy

napkin + 4-y

First Known Use: 1927

in the meaning defined above


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nappy

adjective

Definition of nappy

nappier; nappiest
1 of hair, informal, sometimes offensive : naturally coarse and tightly coiled : kinky 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

Origin and Etymology of nappy

First Known Use: 1885

in the meaning defined at sense 1



NAPPY Defined for English Language Learners

nappy

Definition of nappy for English Language Learners

  • of hair : having many tight bends or curls



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