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nappy2

or nap·pie

[nap-ee]
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noun, plural nap·pies.
  1. a small shallow dish, usually round and often of glass, with a flat bottom and sloping sides, for serving food.
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Origin of nappy2

1870–75, Americanism; nap (Middle English; Old English hnæp bowl) + -y2
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Historical Examples

  • "I'll see you ––––; extremely well –––– first," said Mr. Nappie.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope

  • But Mr. Nappie would not allow him to set a foot upon the gig.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope

  • When Mr. Nappie had got so far as this in his explanation he was almost in tears.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope

  • Takkin's nappie over his wee drappie in's ainhameithinglenook.

  • But Mr. Nappie, in making this threat, forgot that there were gentlemen there with second horses.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for nappie

nappy1

noun plural -pies
  1. British a piece of soft material, esp towelling or a disposable material, wrapped around a baby in order to absorb its urine and excrementAlso called: napkin US and Canadian name: diaper
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Word Origin

C20: changed from napkin

nappy2

adjective -pier or -piest
  1. having a nap; downy; fuzzy
  2. (of alcoholic drink, esp beer)
    1. having a head; frothy
    2. strong or heady
  3. dialect, mainly British slightly intoxicated; tipsy
  4. (of a horse) jumpy or irritable; nervy
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noun
  1. any strong alcoholic drink, esp heady beer
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Derived Formsnappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nappie

nappy

adj.

"downy," late 15c., from nap (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "fuzzy, kinky," used in colloquial or derogatory reference to the hair of black people, is from 1950.

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