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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. liquor, especially ale.
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Origin of nappy1

First recorded in 1425–75, nappy is from the late Middle English word noppi. See nap2, -y1


or nap·pie

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


adjective, nap·pi·er, nap·pi·est.
  1. covered with nap; downy.
  2. (of hair) kinky.
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Origin of nappy3

First recorded in 1490–1500; nap2 + -y1
Related formsnap·pi·ness, noun


noun, plural nap·pies. Chiefly British.
  1. a diaper.
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Origin of nappy4

First recorded in 1925–30; nap(kin) + -y2
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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


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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  1. any strong alcoholic drink, esp heady beer
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Derived Formsnappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nappy


"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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