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napper1

[nap-er]
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noun
  1. a textile worker who naps cloth.
  2. a machine for putting a nap on cloth.

Origin of napper1

First recorded in 1760–70; nap2 + -er1

napper2

[nap-er]
noun
  1. a person who naps or dozes.

Origin of napper2

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at nap1, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for napper

napper1

noun
  1. a person or thing that raises the nap on cloth

napper2

noun
  1. British a slang or dialect word for head (def. 1)

Word Origin

C18: from nap 1
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