lap

1
[ lap ]
/ læp /

noun

Origin of lap

1
before 900; Middle English lappe, Old English læppa; cognate with Dutch lap; akin to German lappen, Old Norse leppr rag, patch

Definition for laps (2 of 4)

lap

2
[ lap ]
/ læp /

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

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

noun

Origin of lap

2
1250–1300; Middle English lappen to fold, wrap; cognate with Dutch lappen to patch, mend; akin to lap1

Definition for laps (3 of 4)

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

Definition for laps (4 of 4)

lap

4
[ lap ]
/ læp /

verb Archaic.

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

lap

1
/ (læp) /

noun

verb laps, lapping or lapped

Derived Forms

lapper, noun

Word Origin for lap

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

British Dictionary definitions for laps (2 of 3)

lap

2
/ (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

lapper, noun

Word Origin for lap

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

British Dictionary definitions for laps (3 of 3)

lap

3
/ (læp) /

noun

Word Origin for lap

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

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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