1 [pap]
soft food for infants or invalids, as bread soaked in water or milk.
an idea, talk, book, or the like, lacking substance or real value.

1400–50; late Middle English; a nursery word akin to Dutch pap, German Pappe, Latin, Italian pappa

paplike, adjective

2. drivel, balderdash, twaddle. Unabridged
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pap1 (pæp)
1.  any soft or semiliquid food, such as bread softened with milk, esp for babies or invalids; mash
2.  (South African) porridge made from maize
3.  worthless or oversimplified ideas; drivel: intellectual pap
[C15: from Middle Low German pappe, via Medieval Latin from Latin pappāre to eat; compare Dutch pap, Italian pappa]

pap2 (pæp)
1.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a nipple or teat
2.  a.  something resembling a breast or nipple, such as (formerly) one of a pair of rounded hilltops
 b.  (capital as part of a name): the Pap of Glencoe
[C12: of Scandinavian origin, imitative of a sucking sound; compare Latin papilla nipple, Sanskrit pippalaka]

pap3 (pæp)
vb , -ps, -ping, -ped
(of the paparazzi) to follow and photograph (a famous person)
[C20: from paparazzo]

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Word Origin & History

"soft food for infants," c.1430, from O.Fr. papa "watered gruel," from L. pappa, a widespread word in children's language for "food" (e.g. M.H.G., Du. pap, Ger. Pappe), imitative of an infant's noise when hungry; possibly associated with pap (2) (q.v.). Meaning "over-simplified idea" first recorded 1548.

"nipple of a woman's breast," c.1200, first attested in Northern and Midlands writing, probably from a Scand. source (not recorded in O.N., but cf. dial. Swed. pappe), from PIE imitative base *pap- "to swell" (cf. L. papilla "nipple," papula "a swelling, pimple;" Lith. papas "nipple").
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pap (pāp)
Soft or semiliquid food, as for infants.

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