pap

1
[ pap ]
/ pæp /

noun

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 pap

1
1400–50; late Middle English; a nursery word akin to Dutch pap, German Pappe, Latin, Italian pappa

Related forms

pap·like, adjective

Definition for pap (2 of 2)

pap

2
[ pap ]
/ pæp /

noun Chiefly Dialect.

a teat; nipple.
something resembling a teat or nipple.

Origin of pap

2
1150–1200; Middle English pappe; compare dialectal Norwegian, Swedish pappe, Latin papilla (see papilla), Lithuanian pãpas, all from a base *pap-; akin to pap1
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British Dictionary definitions for pap (1 of 3)

pap

1
/ (pæp) /

noun

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

Word Origin for pap

C15: from Middle Low German pappe, via Medieval Latin from Latin pappāre to eat; compare Dutch pap, Italian pappa

British Dictionary definitions for pap (2 of 3)

pap

2
/ (pæp) /

noun

Scot and Northern English dialect a nipple or teat
  1. something resembling a breast or nipple, such as (formerly) one of a pair of rounded hilltops
  2. (capital as part of a name)the Pap of Glencoe

Word Origin for pap

C12: of Scandinavian origin, imitative of a sucking sound; compare Latin papilla nipple, Sanskrit pippalaka

British Dictionary definitions for pap (3 of 3)

pap

3
/ (pæp) informal /

verb paps, papping or papped (tr)

(of the paparazzi) to follow and photograph (a famous person)

Word Origin for pap

C20: from paparazzo
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Medicine definitions for pap

pap

[ păp ]

n.

Soft or semiliquid food, as for infants.
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