Definition of neap in English:


Syllabification: neap
Pronunciation: /nēp


(usually neap tide)
A tide just after the first or third quarters of the moon when there is the least difference between high and low water.
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  • Pollack feed longer during smaller neap tides than they do through a big spring tide.
  • The water is evened out all over the earth's oceans, producing neap tides.
  • You need to pick the very smallest neap tides to fish these wrecks.


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1(Of a boat) be kept aground or in harbor by a neap tide.
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  • She had arrived fully laden one Friday and because of her deep draft was neaped until Monday morning.
  • Ibis was neaped on the old slipway at Morwellham Quay, and covered over.
  • This voyage made more history than money as on the way down the vessel was neaped, waiting for water near Guyhurn Bridge for almost 2 weeks.
1.1 [no object] archaic (Of a tide) tend toward or reach the highest point of a neap tide.
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  • I prefer a neaping tide and fish from the mangroves out to about 60m wide and catch all varieties.
  • Barramundi had been a bit quiet on the neaping tides but as the tides increased the Barra's started to bite and bite they did.
  • I hear it has something to do with the faces of the moon, or maybe the tide, which is quite active hereabouts, ebbing and neaping even as we sleep.


late Middle English, originally an adjective from Old English nēp, first element of nēpflōd 'neap flood', of unknown origin.

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