Dictionary.com

lap

1
[ lap ]
/ læp /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: lap / lapped / lapping on Thesaurus.com

noun
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of lap

1
First recordedbefore 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”

Other definitions 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

Other definitions 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”

Other definitions for lap (4 of 4)

lap4
[ lap ]
/ læp /

verb Archaic.
archaic simple past tense of leap.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use lap in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with lap

lap

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
FEEDBACK