verb (used with object)
- diapason normal pitch,
- diaper dermatitis,
- diaper rash,
Origin of diaper
Examples from the Web for diaper
On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of diaper cream priced at $43.98—and then stashed it in her purse.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is one thing to insist a 2-year-old submit to a diaper change even if she is unwilling.Is It Wrong for Parents to Lock Up Their Disabled Kids?|Elizabeth Picciuto|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even though my dad was the breadwinner, he always had this joke that he changed my diaper once, so she had a lot on her plate.Patricia Arquette Uncut: Drunken Mischief with Johnny Depp, ‘True Romance’ Crush, and ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At home, I changed her diaper and slotted her into her high chair.
My nostrils have smelt the horrors of the (cloth) diaper pail.
In this case, the diaper wrapped about the body of Morello's baby attracted the experienced eye of operative Gallagher.The Barrel Mystery|William J. (William James) Flynn
Stem stitch contour: diaper work done in coral stitch, with a French knot filling in each alternate square.Jacobean Embroidery|Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands
A decidedly yellow stain on the diaper occurs when there is jaundice.The Mother and Her Child|William S. Sadler
The wall behind is richly carved with diaper designs, shewing much freedom and variety.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Lincoln|A. F. Kendrick
She had changed Naples into a diaper of jewels sparkling softly in the void.A Spirit in Prison|Robert Hichens
- a woven pattern on fabric consisting of a small repeating design, esp diamonds
- fabric having such a pattern
- such a pattern, used as decoration
Word Origin for diaper
mid-14c., "fabric with a repeated pattern of figures," from Old French diaspre "ornamental cloth; flowered, patterned silk cloth," perhaps via Medieval Latin diasprum from Medieval Greek diaspros "thoroughly white," or perhaps "white interspersed with other colors," from dia- (see dia-) + aspros "white."
Aspros originally meant "rough," and was applied to the raised parts of coins (among other things), and thus was used in Byzantine Greek to mean "silver coin," from which the bright, shiny qualities made it an adjective for whiteness. Modern sense of "underpants for babies" is continuous since 1837, but such usage has been traced back to 1590s.
late 14c., "to put a small, repeated pattern on," from Old French diaprer, variant of diasprer, from diaspre (see diaper (n.)). Meaning "to put a diaper on" (a baby) is attested by 1951. Related: Diapered; diapering.