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lap

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[ lap ]
/ læp /
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noun

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Origin of lap

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English lap(pe) “lower part of a shirt or skirt,” Old English læppa “skirt (of a garment)”; cognate with Dutch lap; akin to German lappen, Old Norse leppr “lock of hair; rag, patch”

Definition for lap (2 of 4)

lap2
[ lap ]
/ læp /

verb (used with object), lapped, lap·ping.

verb (used without object), lapped, lap·ping.

noun

Origin of lap

2
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English lappen, lap(pe) “to fold, wrap”; cognate with Dutch lappen “to patch, mend”; akin to lap1

Definition for lap (3 of 4)

Origin of lap

3
First recorded before 1000; Middle English lap(p)en, Old English lapian; cognate with Middle Low German lapen, Old High German laffan; akin to Latin lambere “to lick, touch,”Greek láptein “to lick, lap”

Definition for lap (4 of 4)

lap4
[ lap ]
/ læp /

verb Archaic.

archaic simple past tense of leap.
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British Dictionary definitions for lap (1 of 3)

lap1
/ (læp) /

noun

verb laps, lapping or lapped

Derived forms of lap

lapper, noun

Word Origin for lap

C13 (in the sense: to wrap): probably from lap 1

British Dictionary definitions for lap (2 of 3)

lap2
/ (læp) /

verb laps, lapping or lapped

(of small waves) to wash against (a shore, boat, etc), usually with light splashing sounds
(often foll by up) (esp of animals) to scoop (a liquid) into the mouth with the tongue

noun

the act or sound of lapping
a thin food for dogs or other animals
See also lap up

Derived forms of lap

lapper, noun

Word Origin for lap

Old English lapian; related to Old High German laffan, Latin lambere, Greek laptein

British Dictionary definitions for lap (3 of 3)

lap3
/ (læp) /

noun

Word Origin for lap

Old English læppa flap; see lobe, lappet, lop ²
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Idioms and Phrases with lap

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