- soft food for infants or invalids, as bread soaked in water or milk.
- an idea, talk, book, or the like, lacking substance or real value.
Origin of pap1
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- a teat; nipple.
- something resembling a teat or nipple.
Origin of pap2
Examples from the Web for pap
So, when she asked for a pap and sexually transmitted infection screening, her nurse was confused.Coming Out Kinky to Your Doctor, in Black and Blue
October 25, 2014
That drop was due mostly to the increased use of the Pap test.Bill Clinton’s New Gig: Curing Breast Cancer
November 13, 2012
The drop was due mostly to the increased use of the Pap test.The Media’s Pink-Ribbon Problem: Coverage Is Skewed, Study Says
August 13, 2012
In 2006 he was forced to declare bankruptcy after being successfully sued for defamation by two PAP officials.
The PAP would be a perfect partner, the administration argued, better than India, Indonesia, or Vietnam.
I was prodding for my food into a camp-kettle when they were howling for their pap.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
This was the last time Cornelia ever remonstrated with Pap John.Southern Lights and Shadows
Then drain off the water, bruise the bread fine, and mix it with as much new milk as will make a pap of a moderate thickness.
I should never have dreamed of describing the articles in The Belfast Newsletter as pap.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
Dave took the shotgun an' pap has grandpap's flintlock, but Billy didn't have a gun.The Long Roll
- any soft or semiliquid food, such as bread softened with milk, esp for babies or invalids; mash
- Southern African porridge made from maize
- worthless or oversimplified ideas; drivelintellectual pap
- Scot and Northern English dialect a nipple or teat
- something resembling a breast or nipple, such as (formerly) one of a pair of rounded hilltops
- (capital as part of a name)the Pap of Glencoe
- (of the paparazzi) to follow and photograph (a famous person)
Word Origin and History for pap
"soft food for infants," late 14c., from Old French pape "watered gruel," from Latin pappa, a widespread word in children's language for "food" (e.g. Middle High German and Dutch pap, German Pappe, Spanish, Portuguese papa, Italian pappa), imitative of an infant's noise when hungry; possibly associated with pap (n.2). Meaning "over-simplified idea" first recorded 1540s.
"nipple of a woman's breast," c.1200, first attested in Northern and Midlands writing, probably from a Scandinavian source (not recorded in Old Norse, but cf. dialectal Swedish pappe), from PIE imitative root *pap- "to swell" (cf. Latin papilla "nipple," papula "a swelling, pimple;" Lithuanian papas "nipple").
"older man," 1844, shortening of papa.
- Soft or semiliquid food, as for infants.