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or nappie

[nap-ee] /ˈnæp i/
noun, plural nappies.
a small shallow dish, usually round and often of glass, with a flat bottom and sloping sides, for serving food.
Origin of nappy2
1870-75, Americanism; nap (Middle English; Old English hnæp bowl) + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But Mr. nappie would not allow him to set a foot upon the gig.

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  • When Mr. nappie had got so far as this in his explanation he was almost in tears.

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  • "There he is," said nappie, bringing his pony to a dead stop with a chuck, and jumping out of the buggy.

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  • "I'll see you ––––; extremely well –––– first," said Mr. nappie.

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  • But Mr. nappie, in making this threat, forgot that there were gentlemen there with second horses.

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  • Takkin's nappie over his wee drappie in's ainhameithinglenook.

  • Frank knew neither Mr. Percival nor Mr. nappie, and at this moment cared nothing for either of them.

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  • Put him down at your club, and order thirty dozen of grey shirtings from nappie and Co., without naming the price.

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  • "I really think poor Mr. nappie was very badly used," said Mrs. Carbuncle.

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British Dictionary definitions for nappie


noun (pl) -pies
(Brit) a piece of soft material, esp towelling or a disposable material, wrapped around a baby in order to absorb its urine and excrement Also called napkin US and Canadian name diaper
Word Origin
C20: changed from napkin


adjective -pier, -piest
having a nap; downy; fuzzy
(of alcoholic drink, esp beer)
  1. having a head; frothy
  2. strong or heady
(dialect, mainly Brit) slightly intoxicated; tipsy
(of a horse) jumpy or irritable; nervy
any strong alcoholic drink, esp heady beer
Derived Forms
nappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nappie



"downy," late 15c., from nap (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "fuzzy, kinky," used in colloquial or derogatory reference to the hair of black people, is from 1950.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Dirty; messy: Kelly's panties are nappy. No doubt, she's been wearing them for a week (1980s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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