verb (used with object)
Origin of diaper
Examples from the Web for diapered
Historical Examples of diapered
These Metals may be diapered, as well as burnished, with an agate-burnisher.The Handbook to English Heraldry
Table linen is woven plain and figured, checked and diapered.Textiles and Clothing
Kate Heintz Watson
The background is diapered blue and red with a gold pattern.
It is diapered with faint longitudinal, diamond-shaped marks.Bramble-bees and Others
J. Henri Fabre
It, too, is swathed in diapered cloths and hung with gold and precious stones.Musical Portraits
- 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
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.
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.