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nappy1

[nap-ee] /ˈnæp i/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
1.
liquor, especially ale.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English noppi. See nap2, -y1

nappy2

[nap-ee] /ˈnæp i/
noun, plural nappies.
1.
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

nappy3

[nap-ee] /ˈnæp i/
adjective, nappier, nappiest.
1.
covered with nap; downy.
2.
(of hair) kinky.
Origin
1490-1500; nap2 + -y1
Related forms
nappiness, noun

nappy4

[nap-ee] /ˈnæp i/
noun, plural nappies. Chiefly British
1.
a diaper.
Origin
1925-30; nap(kin) + -y2
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Examples from the web for nappy
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for nappy

nappy1

/ˈnæpɪ/
noun (pl) -pies
1.
(Brit) a piece of soft material, esp towelling or a disposable material, wrapped around a baby in order to absorb its urine and excrement Also called napkin US and Canadian name diaper
Word Origin
C20: changed from napkin

nappy2

/ˈnæpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
having a nap; downy; fuzzy
2.
(of alcoholic drink, esp beer)
  1. having a head; frothy
  2. strong or heady
3.
(dialect, mainly Brit) slightly intoxicated; tipsy
4.
(of a horse) jumpy or irritable; nervy
noun
5.
any strong alcoholic drink, esp heady beer
Derived Forms
nappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nappy
adj.

"downy," late 15c., from nap (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "fuzzy, kinky," used in colloquial or derogatory reference to the hair of black people, is from 1950.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nappy

nappy

adjective

Dirty; messy: Kelly's panties are nappy. No doubt, she's been wearing them for a week (1980s+ Students)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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