- to sleep for a short time; doze.
- to be off one's guard: The question caught him napping.
- to sleep or doze through (a period of time, an activity, etc.) (usually followed by away): I napped the afternoon away. He naps away most of his classes.
- a brief period of sleep, especially one taken during daytime: Has the baby had her nap?
Origin of nap1
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- the short fuzzy ends of fibers on the surface of cloth, drawn up in napping.
- any downy coating, as on plants.
- to raise a nap on.
Origin of nap2
Examples from the Web for napping
Shockingly, this last couplet made it into the 1953 film version; someone was napping over at MGM.When Broadway Musicals Were Dark And Subversive
December 16, 2014
Anyone who works hours other than the traditional 9-to-5 can reap benefits from napping, too.13 Tips for the Best Nap Ever
August 12, 2014
They happened at night and in the day, waking or napping, traveling, or working.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
But a vacation does not count as a family vacation if dad is napping.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
Donors also apparently have a lot in common with kindergarteners who need to be bribed into napping.Speed Read: Kenneth Vogel’s ‘Big Money’ Shows How PACs Control Politics
June 9, 2014
"My son seems to have caught us napping," said Lady Coryston, rather grimly.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
How is it you know there is an ambuscade laid to catch us napping?The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
You cannot catch them napping, and you cannot turn their flank.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
But I was aft, looking after the steering, and she did not catch me napping that time.A Set of Six
They have made a mistake indeed, if they think that they will catch us napping.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
- to sleep for a short while; doze
- to be unaware or inattentive; be off guard (esp in the phrase catch someone napping)
- a short light sleep; doze
- the raised fibres of velvet or similar cloth
- the direction in which these fibres lie when smoothed down
- any similar downy coating
- Australian informal blankets, bedding
- (tr) to raise the nap of (cloth, esp velvet) by brushing or similar treatment
- Also called: napoleon a card game similar to whist, usually played for stakes
- a call in this card game, undertaking to win all five tricks
- horse racing a tipster's choice for an almost certain winner
- go nap
- to undertake to win all five tricks at nap
- to risk everything on one chance
- not to go nap on Australian slang to hold in disfavour
- nap hand a position in which there is a very good chance of success if a risk is taken
- (tr) horse racing to name (a horse) as likely to win a race
Word Origin and History for napping
"action of sleeping," Old English hneappunge, verbal noun from nap (v.).
"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."
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.
"short spell of sleep," c.1300, from nap (v.). With take (v.) from c.1400.
"to furnish with a nap, raise the nap of," 1610s, from nap (n.1).
Idioms and Phrases with napping
see catch napping.