Some impulse she did not quite understand led Adela to look at the girl in her yet capless condition.
They kept one maid-servant; a capless young lady of sixteen, who wore a frock and pinafore of a morning.
Before them fled the stroller and his three sons, capless and terrified.
She was capless, her hair streamed over her shoulders, her whole appearance showed anguish and agitation.
He tore the obstructing handkerchief from his mouth and made for the open door, capless and 177 out of breath.
The young millionaire was capless and coatless, and his face and hands were much scratched.
In the mean time the owner of the tree had reached his house very much amused at the flight of the capless boys.
late Old English cæppe "hood, head-covering, cape," from Late Latin cappa "a cape, hooded cloak" (source of Spanish capa, Old North French cape, French chape), possibly a shortened from capitulare "headdress," from Latin caput "head" (see head (n.)).
Meaning "women's head covering" is early 13c. in English; extended to men late 14c. Figurative thinking cap is from 1839 (considering cap is 1650s). Of cap-like coverings on the ends of anything (e.g. hub-cap) from mid-15c. Meaning "contraceptive device" is first recorded 1916. That of "cap-shaped piece of copper lined with gunpowder and used to ignite a firearm" is c.1826; extended to paper version used in toy pistols, 1872 (cap-pistol is from 1879).
The Late Latin word apparently originally meant "a woman's head-covering," but the sense was transferred to "hood of a cloak," then to "cloak" itself, though the various senses co-existed. Old English took in two forms of the Late Latin word, one meaning "head-covering," the other "ecclesiastical dress" (see cape (n.1)). In most Romance languages, a diminutive of Late Latin cappa has become the usual word for "head-covering" (e.g. French chapeau).
c.1400, "to put a cap on," from cap (n.). Meaning "cover as with s cap" is from c.1600. Figurative sense of "go one better" is from 1580s. Related: Capped; capping.
A protective cover or seal, especially one that closes off an end or a tip and that resembles a close-fitting head covering.
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applejack cap, gimme cap
[all in one way or another fr cap, ''head covering'']
Fellatio; head: Give Jerry some cap (1960s+)