Origin of lap

3
before 1000; Middle English lappen, unexplained variant of lapen, Old English lapian; cognate with Middle Low German lapen, Old High German laffan; akin to Latin lambere, Greek láptein to lick, lap
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British Dictionary definitions for lap up (1 of 4)

lap up

verb (tr, adverb)

to eat or drink
to relish or delight inhe laps up old horror films
to believe or accept eagerly and uncriticallyhe laps up tall stories

British Dictionary definitions for lap up (2 of 4)

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 up (3 of 4)

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 up (4 of 4)

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 up (1 of 2)

lap up

Take in or receive very eagerly, as in She loves to travel—she just laps it up, or The agency is lapping up whatever information their spies send in. This expression alludes to an animal drinking greedily. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with lap up (2 of 2)

lap

In addition to the idioms beginning with lap

  • lap of luxury, in the
  • lap of the gods, in the
  • lap up

also see:

  • drop in someone's lap
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