noun (1)
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Definition of pap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly dialectal : nipple, teat
2 : something shaped like a nipple


noun (2)

Definition of pap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soft food (as for infants)
2 : political patronage
3 : something lacking solid value or substance

First Known Use of pap

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pap

Noun (1)

Middle English pappe; of imitative origin

Noun (2)

Middle English

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“Pap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of pap

: a soft food (as for infants)

Legal Definition of PAP

personal automobile policy

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