neap

1
[ neep ]
/ nip /
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adjective

designating tides midway between spring tides that attain the least height.

noun

neap tide.

Origin of neap

1
before 900; Middle English neep, Old English nēp-, in nēpflōd neap tide

Definition for neap (2 of 2)

neap

2
[ neep ]
/ nip /

noun New England.

the pole or tongue of a cart, wagon, etc., drawn by two animals side by side.

Origin of neap

2
1545–55 origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for neap

neap

/ (niːp) /

adjective

of, relating to, or constituting a neap tide

noun

short for neap tide

Word Origin for neap

Old English, as in nēpflōd neap tide, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for neap

neap


adj.

Middle English, from Old English nepflod "neap flood," the tide occurring at the end of the first and third quarters of the lunar month, in which high waters are at their lowest, of unknown origin, with no known cognates (Danish niptid probably is from English). Original sense perhaps is "without power." As a noun from 1580s.

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