- 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 paps
They may be called the "stalkerazzi," but the reality is that the paps rarely have to play sniper anymore.
Stars' openness also means they're less likely to be assaulted by the paps.
Plus, VIEW OUR GALLERY of celebrities who attack the paps back!
The culture of tabs and paps was as nothing compared to the engulfing negative zone it has become.Inside Studio 54's Wildest Nights
December 13, 2009
The Acamas is a promontory with two paps, and upon it is a large forest.
By its number of paps we should suppose that the females produce several young at a litter.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)
Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The bells and pomegranates on the priests' garment were emblematic of the paps and full womb.Bible Studies
Joseph M. Wheeler
I have got a beautiful mother, she is too handsome and queenly for anything, but I seem to be Paps own girl.Letters of the Motor Girl
Then Sir Launcelot drew his sword and put the stroke aback, and clave his head unto the paps.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II)
- 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 paps
"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.