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nap

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[nap]
noun
  1. the short fuzzy ends of fibers on the surface of cloth, drawn up in napping.
  2. any downy coating, as on plants.
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verb (used with object), napped, nap·ping.
  1. to raise a nap on.
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Origin of nap

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1400–50; late Middle English noppe, Old English -hnoppa (as in wullknoppa, mistake for *wullhnoppa tuft of wool), cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German noppe; akin to Old English hnoppian to pluck
Related formsnap·less, adjectivenap·less·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of napless

  • We also advise them to have lofty, napless, steeple-crowned hats.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, August 7, 1841

    Various

  • Do they sneer at my napless hat, and laugh at my tattered elbows?

  • After an hour or two so passed, the step became more slow; and often the sleek, napless hat was lifted up, and the brow wiped.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The whole surmounted by a drab, napless hat, with rather a brim, producing a “slap-up” effect.

  • But it was the half-cotton fabric, dingy and napless, considered good enough for summer wear, in which Ben was arrayed.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness

    Margaret Murray Robertson


British Dictionary definitions for napless

nap

1
verb naps, napping or napped (intr)
  1. to sleep for a short while; doze
  2. to be unaware or inattentive; be off guard (esp in the phrase catch someone napping)
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noun
  1. a short light sleep; doze
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Word Origin for nap

Old English hnappian; related to Middle High German napfen

nap

2
noun
    1. the raised fibres of velvet or similar cloth
    2. the direction in which these fibres lie when smoothed down
  1. any similar downy coating
  2. Australian informal blankets, bedding
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verb naps, napping or napped
  1. (tr) to raise the nap of (cloth, esp velvet) by brushing or similar treatment
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Word Origin for nap

C15: probably from Middle Dutch noppe; related to Old English hnoppian to pluck

nap

3
noun
  1. Also called: napoleon a card game similar to whist, usually played for stakes
  2. a call in this card game, undertaking to win all five tricks
  3. horse racing a tipster's choice for an almost certain winner
  4. go nap
    1. to undertake to win all five tricks at nap
    2. to risk everything on one chance
  5. not to go nap on Australian slang to hold in disfavour
  6. nap hand a position in which there is a very good chance of success if a risk is taken
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verb naps, napping or napped
  1. (tr) horse racing to name (a horse) as likely to win a race
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Word Origin for nap

C19: short for napoleon, the original name of the card game
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Word Origin and History for napless

nap

n.1

"downy surface of cloth," mid-15c., from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German noppe "nap, tuft of wool," probably introduced by Flemish cloth-workers. Cognate with Old English hnoppian "to pluck," ahneopan "pluck off," Old Swedish niupa "to pinch," Gothic dis-hniupan "to tear."

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nap

v.1

Old English hnappian "to doze, sleep lightly," of unknown origin, apparently related to Old High German hnaffezan, German dialectal nafzen, Norwegian napp. Related: Napped; napping.

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nap

n.2

"short spell of sleep," c.1300, from nap (v.). With take (v.) from c.1400.

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nap

v.2

"to furnish with a nap, raise the nap of," 1610s, from nap (n.1).

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