nappy

1 [nap-ee]
noun Chiefly Scot.
liquor, especially ale.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English noppi. See nap2, -y1

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nappy

2 [nap-ee]
noun, plural nappies.
a small shallow dish, usually round and often of glass, with a flat bottom and sloping sides, for serving food.
Also, nappie.


Origin:
1870–75, Americanism; nap (Middle English; Old English hnæp bowl) + -y2

nappy

3 [nap-ee]
adjective, nappier, nappiest.
1.
covered with nap; downy.
2.
(of hair) kinky.

Origin:
1490–1500; nap2 + -y1

nappiness, noun

nappy

4 [nap-ee]
noun, plural nappies. Chiefly British.
a diaper.

Origin:
1925–30; nap(kin) + -y2

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nappy1 (ˈnæpɪ)
 
n , pl -pies
(Brit) Also called: napkin, US and Canadian name: diaper a piece of soft material, esp towelling or a disposable material, wrapped around a baby in order to absorb its urine and excrement
 
[C20: changed from napkin]

nappy2 (ˈnæpɪ)
 
adj , -pier, -piest
1.  having a nap; downy; fuzzy
2.  of alcoholic drink, esp beer
 a.  having a head; frothy
 b.  strong or heady
3.  dialect chiefly (Brit) slightly intoxicated; tipsy
4.  (of a horse) jumpy or irritable; nervy
 
n
5.  any strong alcoholic drink, esp heady beer
 
'nappiness2
 
n

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nappy
"downy," 1499, from nap (n.). Meaning "fuzzy, kinky," used in colloquial or derogatory ref. to the hair of black people, is from 1950.
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Example sentences
Boys are pampered at home by their mothers and expect the same treatment-no nappy-changing, no washing up-later from their wives.
Everyone agrees, however, that two nappy-changers are better than one.
And be proud that you have beautiful brown eyes and nappy hair.
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