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  1. Lapp(def 2).
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  1. Also Lap·pic. of, relating to, or characteristic of Lapland or the Lapps.
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Origin of Lappish

First recorded in 1870–75; Lapp + -ish1
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Examples from the Web for lappish

Historical Examples

  • The Russian Lapp indeed has few true and Lappish attributes.

    Through Arctic Lapland

    Cutcliffe Hyne

  • Lappish words to make the dogs quicken their pace or to halt.

    Fridtjof Nansen

    Jacob B. Bull

  • Lappish (or Lapponic) forms a link between them and Mordvinian.

  • But that they once had names of their own is shown by the genuine Lappish names for some of the larger islands.

  • I fancy we had, on the whole, a good educational effect upon our Lappish carriers.

British Dictionary definitions for lappish


  1. of or relating to the Lapps, a nomadic people living chiefly in N Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula of Russia, or their language
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  1. the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
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