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nap1

[nap] /næp/
verb (used without object), napped, napping.
1.
to sleep for a short time; doze.
2.
to be off one's guard:
The question caught him napping.
verb (used with object), napped, napping.
3.
to sleep or doze through (a period of time, an activity, etc.) (usually followed by away):
I napped the afternoon away. He naps away most of his classes.
noun
4.
a brief period of sleep, especially one taken during daytime:
Has the baby had her nap?
Origin of nap1
900
before 900; Middle English nappen (v.), nap (noun), Old English hnappian to sleep; cognate with Middle High German napfen
Synonyms
1. nod, rest, catnap.

nap2

[nap] /næp/
noun
1.
the short fuzzy ends of fibers on the surface of cloth, drawn up in napping.
2.
any downy coating, as on plants.
verb (used with object), napped, napping.
3.
to raise a nap on.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English noppe, Old English -hnoppa (as in wullknoppa, mistake for *wullhnoppa tuft of wool), cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German noppe; akin to Old English hnoppian to pluck
Related forms
napless, adjective
naplessness, noun
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Examples from the Web for napped
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  • All about were familiar things, and even while he napped, his ears brought him their story.

    Swamp Cat James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Then some had napped and some had walked and some had gone to Sunday school.

    His Family Ernest Poole
  • After that I napped and nodded, for I was very tired, and all the time Geoffrey tinkered with the broken motor.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • Adjoining to a hut I remarked some round pieces, apparently of a sort of napped cloth, as black as pitch.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • Moleskin—A medium heavy twilled cotton cloth, napped inside; used for men's wear and ornamental purposes.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Briefly, quietly, Knowlton told of what had passed while he napped, then asked what information he had gleaned from Joao.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • He was very attentive to his aunt also, and came to read aloud to her, while she napped, almost every evening.

  • His bare legs were almost long enough to meet under the pony; he wore a torn wide-brimmed hat which napped about his face.

    Historic Boyhoods

    Rupert Sargent Holland
  • And the form on it, sitting bolt upright, was but the pillow he had napped on that afternoon.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
British Dictionary definitions for napped

nap1

/næp/
verb (intransitive) naps, napping, napped
1.
to sleep for a short while; doze
2.
to be unaware or inattentive; be off guard (esp in the phrase catch someone napping)
noun
3.
a short light sleep; doze
Word Origin
Old English hnappian; related to Middle High German napfen

nap2

/næp/
noun
1.
  1. the raised fibres of velvet or similar cloth
  2. the direction in which these fibres lie when smoothed down
2.
any similar downy coating
3.
(Austral, informal) blankets, bedding
verb naps, napping, napped
4.
(transitive) to raise the nap of (cloth, esp velvet) by brushing or similar treatment
Word Origin
C15: probably from Middle Dutch noppe; related to Old English hnoppian to pluck

nap3

/næp/
noun
1.
Also called napoleon. a card game similar to whist, usually played for stakes
2.
a call in this card game, undertaking to win all five tricks
3.
(horse racing) a tipster's choice for an almost certain winner
4.
go nap
  1. to undertake to win all five tricks at nap
  2. to risk everything on one chance
5.
(Austral, slang) not to go nap on, to hold in disfavour
6.
nap hand, a position in which there is a very good chance of success if a risk is taken
verb naps, napping, napped
7.
(transitive) (horse racing) to name (a horse) as likely to win a race
Word Origin
C19: short for napoleon, the original name of the card game
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Word Origin and History for napped

nap

n.1

"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."

nap

v.1

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.

nap

n.2

"short spell of sleep," c.1300, from nap (v.). With take (v.) from c.1400.

nap

v.2

"to furnish with a nap, raise the nap of," 1610s, from nap (n.1).

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