- the short fuzzy ends of fibers on the surface of cloth, drawn up in napping.
- any downy coating, as on plants.
- to raise a nap on.
Origin of nap2
Examples from the Web for napless
We also advise them to have lofty, napless, steeple-crowned hats.
Do they sneer at my napless hat, and laugh at my tattered elbows?Gifts of Genius
After an hour or two so passed, the step became more slow; and often the sleek, napless hat was lifted up, and the brow wiped.The Caxtons, Complete
The whole surmounted by a drab, napless hat, with rather a brim, producing a “slap-up” effect.Road Scrapings: Coaches and Coaching
M. E. Haworth
But it was the half-cotton fabric, dingy and napless, considered good enough for summer wear, in which Ben was arrayed.David Fleming's Forgiveness
Margaret Murray Robertson
- to sleep for a short while; doze
- to be unaware or inattentive; be off guard (esp in the phrase catch someone napping)
- a short light sleep; doze
- the raised fibres of velvet or similar cloth
- the direction in which these fibres lie when smoothed down
- any similar downy coating
- Australian informal blankets, bedding
- (tr) to raise the nap of (cloth, esp velvet) by brushing or similar treatment
- Also called: napoleon a card game similar to whist, usually played for stakes
- a call in this card game, undertaking to win all five tricks
- horse racing a tipster's choice for an almost certain winner
- go nap
- to undertake to win all five tricks at nap
- to risk everything on one chance
- not to go nap on Australian slang to hold in disfavour
- nap hand a position in which there is a very good chance of success if a risk is taken
- (tr) horse racing to name (a horse) as likely to win a race
Word Origin and History for napless
"downy surface of cloth," mid-15c., from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German noppe "nap, tuft of wool," probably introduced by Flemish cloth-workers. Cognate with Old English hnoppian "to pluck," ahneopan "pluck off," Old Swedish niupa "to pinch," Gothic dis-hniupan "to tear."
Old English hnappian "to doze, sleep lightly," of unknown origin, apparently related to Old High German hnaffezan, German dialectal nafzen, Norwegian napp. Related: Napped; napping.
"short spell of sleep," c.1300, from nap (v.). With take (v.) from c.1400.
"to furnish with a nap, raise the nap of," 1610s, from nap (n.1).