or nap·pie

[ nap-ee ]
/ ˈnæp i /

noun, plural nap·pies.

a small shallow dish, usually round and often of glass, with a flat bottom and sloping sides, for serving food.

Nearby words

  1. napoli,
  2. nappa,
  3. nappe,
  4. napper,
  5. napping,
  6. nappy rash,
  7. naprapath,
  8. naprapathy,
  9. naproxen,
  10. napster

Origin of nappy

1870–75, Americanism; nap (Middle English; Old English hnæp bowl) + -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nappie


/ (ˈnæpɪ) /

noun plural -pies

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

Word Origin for nappy

C20: changed from napkin


/ (ˈnæpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

having a nap; downy; fuzzy
(of alcoholic drink, esp beer)
  1. having a head; frothy
  2. strong or heady
dialect, mainly British slightly intoxicated; tipsy
(of a horse) jumpy or irritable; nervy


any strong alcoholic drink, esp heady beer
Derived Formsnappiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for nappie



"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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