[ nap-ee ]
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nounChiefly Scot.
  1. liquor, especially ale.

Origin of nappy

First recorded in 1425–75; origin uncertain; probably from late Middle English noppi; see nap2, -y1

Other definitions for nappy (2 of 4)


or nap·pie

[ nap-ee ]

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.

Origin of nappy

First recorded in 1730–35; Middle English nap, Old English hnæpf, hnæp “cup, bowl” (further origin uncertain) + -y2

Other definitions for nappy (3 of 4)

[ nap-ee ]

adjective,nap·pi·er, nap·pi·est.
  1. Sometimes Offensive. (especially of a Black person's hair) tightly curled; kinky.

  2. covered with nap; downy.

Origin of nappy

First recorded in 1490–1500; nap2 + -y1

Other words from nappy

  • nap·pi·ness, noun

Other definitions for nappy (4 of 4)

[ nap-ee ]

noun,plural nap·pies.British.
  1. a diaper.

Origin of nappy

First recorded in 1925–30; nap(kin) + -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nappy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nappy (1 of 2)


/ (ˈnæpɪ) /

nounplural -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 excrement: Also called: napkin US and Canadian name: diaper

Origin of nappy

C20: changed from napkin

British Dictionary definitions for nappy (2 of 2)


/ (ˈnæpɪ) /

adjective-pier or -piest
  1. having a nap; downy; fuzzy

  2. (of alcoholic drink, esp beer)

    • having a head; frothy

    • strong or heady

  1. dialect, mainly British slightly intoxicated; tipsy

  2. (of a horse) jumpy or irritable; nervy

  1. any strong alcoholic drink, esp heady beer

Derived forms of nappy

  • nappiness, noun

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