nappy


nappy
I.
/ˈnæpi / (say 'napee)

noun (plural nappies)
a piece of cotton towelling, or some disposable material, fastened round a baby to absorb and contain its excrement.
{alteration of napkin}
II.
/ˈnæpi / (say 'napee)

adjective British
heady or strong, as ale.
{probably special use of nappy4}
III.
/ˈnæpi / (say 'napee)

noun (plural nappies)
US
a small dish, usually round and often of glass, with a flat bottom and sloping sides, for food, etc.
Also, nappie. {origin obscure}
IV.
/ˈnæpi / (say 'napee)

adjective (nappier, nappiest)
covered with nap; downy.
{nap2 + -p- + -y1}
V.
/ˈnæpi / (say 'napee)

adjective
(of horses) nervy; recalcitrant.
{from obsolete jockeys' slang nab (or nap) the rust become restless (of a horse)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Nappy — Nap py, a. [From 1st {Nap}.] 1. Inclined to sleep; sleepy; as, to feel nappy. [1913 Webster] 2. Tending to cause sleepiness; serving to make sleepy; strong; heady; as, nappy ale. [Obs.] Wyatt. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nappy — Nap py, a. [From 3d {Nap}.] Having a nap or pile; downy; shaggy. Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nappy — Nap py, n.; pl. {Nappies}. [OE. nap, AS. hn[ae]p cup, bowl. See {Hanaper}.] A round earthen dish, with a flat bottom and sloping sides. [Written also {nappie}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nappy — nap py, n.; pl. {nappies}. A {diaper}[4]. [Chiefly Brit.] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nappy — (adj.) downy, late 15c., from NAP (Cf. nap) (n.1) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Meaning fuzzy, kinky, used in colloquial or derogatory reference to the hair of black people, is from 1950 …   Etymology dictionary

  • nappy — a shortening of napkin, is the BrE term for what in AmE is called a diaper (pronounced diy ǝ pǝ) …   Modern English usage

  • nappy — [adj] fuzzy downy, frizzy, furry, hairy, kinky, napped, velutinous, woolly; concept 606 …   New thesaurus

  • nappy — ► NOUN (pl. nappies) Brit. ▪ a piece of absorbent material wrapped round a baby s bottom and between its legs to absorb and retain urine and faeces. ORIGIN abbreviation of NAPKIN(Cf. ↑napkin) …   English terms dictionary

  • nappy — nappy1 [nap′ē] n. pl. nappies [dim. of obs. nap, a drinking cup, bowl < ME nap, hnap < OE hnæp, akin to Ger napf] a small, shallow, flat bottomed dish for serving food nappy2 [nap′ē] adj. nappier, nappiest 1. covered with nap; hairy, downy …   English World dictionary

  • Nappy — Cet article possède un paronyme, voir : Auteuil Neuilly Passy. Nappy Données clés Titre original …   Wikipédia en Français

  • nappy — (BrE) noun ⇨ See also ↑diaper ADJECTIVE ▪ clean ▪ wet ▪ dirty, soiled ▪ smelly ▪ dispo …   Collocations dictionary


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