- 1North American A baby’s nappy.More example sentences
- In the West, however, babies wear nappies or diapers until they learn to use a pot.
- After their second child was born in 1987, she would work days as a medical clerk for the Army and come home at night to two babies in diapers - and often no husband.
- The proposed welfare cuts, according to Vivian Hain, ‘will take the shirts off our backs and the diapers off our babies.’
- 2 [mass noun] A linen or cotton fabric woven in a repeating pattern of small diamonds.More example sentences
- Did you know that the word diaper is the name of the type of linen used to make what was then called a napkin or clout for a baby?
- 2.1A repeating geometrical or floral pattern used to decorate a surface.More example sentences
- The gods and goddesses are overlarge for the spaces they occupy and rest somewhat uncertainly on plinths made up of diaper pattern.
- The college buildings, of red brick with blue diaper patterning, are grouped around two courtyards.
- Its decoration consists of incised lines forming a diaper pattern, interspersed with a punched design of tiny triangular forms arranged like the petals of a flower.
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- 1North American Put a nappy on (a baby).More example sentences
- Washing, drying, and salting the chicken felt strangely like bathing and diapering a baby - a very cold, lethargic baby with loose, pinkly skin and floppy limbs.
- We would think a family who used disposable plates and bowls for every meal was wasteful, but we don't think twice about diapering our babies in the same fashion.
- Is it really going to be the manly thing to be standing on the subway reading about how to diaper your baby?
- 2Decorate (a surface) with a repeating geometrical or floral pattern.More example sentences
- The dating of the border, with its pale blue relief diapering, is interesting, since it indicates when this variation of the famille verte genre was popular.
Middle English: from Old French diapre, from medieval Latin diasprum, from medieval Greek diaspros (adjective), from dia 'across' + aspros 'white'. The term seems originally to have denoted a costly fabric, but after the 15th century it was used as in sense 2 of the noun; babies' nappies were originally made from pieces of this fabric, hence sense 1 of the noun (late 16th century).
More definitions of diaperDefinition of diaper in:
- The US English dictionary