1690s, "to bask in the sun," from Latin apricatus, past participle of apricari "to bask in the sun," from apricus "exposed" (to the sun); perhaps contracted from *apericus, from aperire "to open." Transitive sense is recorded from 1851.

Nearby words

  1. apractic,
  2. apragmatism,
  3. apraxia,
  4. apres-ski,
  5. apresoline,
  6. apricot,
  7. april,
  8. april fool,
  9. april fools' day,
  10. april showers bring may flowers

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper