nappy

1
[nap-ee]
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Origin of nappy

1
First recorded in 1425–75, nappy is from the late Middle English word noppi. See nap2, -y1

nappy

2

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

2
1870–75, Americanism; nap (Middle English; Old English hnæp bowl) + -y2

nappy

3
[nap-ee]
adjective, nap·pi·er, nap·pi·est.
  1. covered with nap; downy.
  2. (of hair) kinky.

Origin of nappy

3
First recorded in 1490–1500; nap2 + -y1
Related formsnap·pi·ness, noun

nappy

4
[nap-ee]
noun, plural nap·pies. Chiefly British.
  1. a diaper.

Origin of nappy

4
First recorded in 1925–30; nap(kin) + -y2
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Related Words for nappy

downy, frizzy, hairy, kinky, woolly, furry, velutinous

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British Dictionary definitions for nappy

nappy

1
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

Word Origin for nappy

C20: changed from napkin

nappy

2
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
noun
  1. any strong alcoholic drink, esp heady beer
Derived Formsnappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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