- to sleep for a short time; doze.
- to be off one's guard: The question caught him napping.
- 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.
- a brief period of sleep, especially one taken during daytime: Has the baby had her nap?
Origin of nap1
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- 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 napped
A Victorian-style couch now stands in the spot where Mr. Borden was killed while he napped.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
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
After that I napped and nodded, for I was very tired, and all the time Geoffrey tinkered with the broken motor.Mistress Anne
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
- 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 napped
"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).