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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

In all probability shortened from serviette (however presumably a corruption of French nappe, since serviette is already a diminutive).

Noun[edit]

nappy (plural nappies)

  1. (Britain, Eire, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand) An absorbent garment worn by a child who doesn’t but have voluntary management of his or her bladder and bowels or by somebody who’s incontinent; a diaper.
    • 1995, Jennie Lindon, Lance Lindon, Leandra Negrini, Caring for Younger Youngsters, web page 60,
      You’ll discover that disposable nappies are bought in boy and woman variations. They range in the place the thickest padding is supplied.
    • 2005, Medical Affiliation of Malawi, Malawi Medical Journal: The Journal of Medical Affiliation of Malawi, Quantity 17, web page 39,
      Different gear required was cleaning soap for hand washing and washing of nappies, a washing line for the drying of nappies, [] .
    • 2008, Isabelle Younger, Wholesome Journey: Asia & India, Lonely Planet, 2nd version, web page 275,
      You would burn disposable nappies (not a really sensible possibility); in any other case, it′s most likely finest to take a provide of enormous plastic luggage or nappy sacks with you and to eliminate them as thoughtfully as you possibly can.
    • 2009, Chris Arnold, Moral Advertising and marketing and The New Client, web page 55,
      In response we mailed a whole bunch of nappies to college students in halls. On the nappy was a easy message, IT’S A LOT EASIER TO PUT ON A CONDOM.
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Verb[edit]

nappy (third-person singular easy current nappies, current participle nappying, easy previous and previous participle nappied)

  1. (transitive) To place a nappy on.
    The mom nappied the child.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From nap +‎ -y.

Adjective[edit]

nappy (comparative nappier, superlative nappiest)

  1. Having a nap (of material and so on.); downy; shaggy.
    • 1950, US District Courts, US Court docket of Claims, US Court docket of Customs and Patent Appeals, Federal Complement, Quantity 89, web page 438,
      The unique accused system, as was the patented system, was manufactured from cotton flannel with a nappy floor on either side, [] .
  2. (US, casual, generally offensive) Of hair: tightly curled or twisted; frizzy (typically particularly in reference to Afro textured hair)
    • 1987, Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography, web page 30,
      We’d speak about one another′s ugly, large lips and flat noses. We’d name one another pickaninnies and nappy-haired so-and-so′s.
    • 2006, Ronald L. Jackson II, Scripting the Black Masculine Physique, web page 52,
      For instance, some Black folks′s corporeal zones embody nappy hair texture, extensive noses, thick lips, and darker-than-white pores and skin complexion, all of which come into play when a person is interacting with a cultural “Different.”
    • 2010, Nadine George-Graves, City Bush Ladies: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater, Neighborhood Engagement, and Working It Out, web page 50,
      She had determined to simply cowl her hair with a shawl as a result of Aunt Bell was “old style” and Zollar didn’t wish to have to elucidate why she had nappy hair.
  3. (uncommon) Inclined to sleep; sleepy.
    • 1930, Hubert Evans, H. E. M. Sellen, The Silent Name (web page 90)
      After supper I felt nappy and dropped proper off to sleep.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Center English nap, from Previous English hnæp, hnæpp, hnæpf (cup, bowl), from Proto-Germanic *hnappaz (bowl, goblet, cup). See hanaper.

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Noun[edit]

nappy (plural nappies)

  1. A shallow, flat-bottomed earthenware or glass bowl with sloping sides.
    • 1902, Charles Austin Bates, The Artwork and Literature of Enterprise, Quantity 4, web page 328,
      Suppose you promote a “five-inch glass nappy.” It doesn′t inform a reader something — a girl particularly. She will′t inform how large 5 inches are anyway ; however simply say, “massive imitation minimize glass fruit saucers at thirty cents a dozen,” and get your packers prepared.
    • 1909, Milton Osman Jones, Information to Profitable Squab Elevating, web page 11,
      Using a glazed earthenware nesting-dish, or “nappy, ” 9 inches in diameter throughout the highest, is strongly suggested.
    • 1914, Southern Pharmaceutical Journal, Quantity 7, web page 626,
      Place a slice of pineapple in a fruit nappy, place on it a No. 10 cone of vanilla ice cream and pour over it a ladle of chop suey dressing, crowning it with a freshly opened lycher nut or a cherry.

Etymology 4[edit]

(This etymology is lacking or incomplete. Please add to it, or talk about it on the Etymology scriptorium.)

Adjective[edit]

nappy (comparative nappier, superlative nappiest)

  1. (of a drink) Foamy; having a big head.
  2. (of a horse) Nervous, excitable.
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Searching Man, Penguin 2013, p. 161:
      ‘He is a mutton-fisted beggar; however the horse is a bit nappy, and younger Roger’ll be the person to maintain him going at his fences.’
    • 1948, John Edward Hance, Higher Horsemanship, web page 73,
      I do really feel, nevertheless, that in speaking lightheartedly of constructing rearing, pulling or nappy horses into helpful members of equine society I’m treading on very harmful floor.
    • 2006, Karen Coumbe, Karen Bush, The Full Equine Emergency Bible, web page 151,
      Notice that it’s attainable {that a} horse just isn’t the truth is being nappy in any respect, however is struggling the onset of muscle issues: it’s as much as the rider to interpret the indicators accurately.
    • 2007, Michael Peace, Lesley Bayley, The Q and a Information to Understanding Your Horse, web page 66,
      When riders are too dominant numerous issues can come up: a horse could turn out to be nappy, or refuse to go ahead.

Noun[edit]

nappy (uncountable)

  1. (out of date) A type of sturdy ale; nappy ale.
    • 1827, R. Charlton, Newcastle Enhancements, in T. Thompson, et al. A Assortment of Songs, Comedian and Satirical, Mainly within the Newcastle Dialect, web page 151,
      Aw′ve seen once we′ve gyen iv a sort, freenly method / To be blithe ower a jug o′ good nappy
    • 1857, Hugh Miller, The Cruise of the Betsey, 2009, Echo Library, web page 248,
      Weel do I thoughts that in a′ our neeborly conferences—bridals, christenings, lyke-wakes an′ the like,—we entertained ane anither wi′ wealthy nappy ale; [] . However the tea has put out the nappy; an′ I’ve remarked, that by dropping the nappy we misplaced baith ghaists an′ fairies.

Etymology 5[edit]

Associated to knap.

Adjective[edit]

nappy (comparative nappier, superlative nappiest)

  1. (Scotland) brittle

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