verb (naps, napping, napped)[no object]
- Sleep lightly or briefly, especially during the day: she took to napping on the beach in the afternoonsMore example sentences
- I wondered if I had been glued to the bed, I could barely will myself to move, and then finally able to lift a limb or two, I turned over and felt into a sound sleep, napping for an hour.
- I have no idea what I'm thinking or feeling about this, but I must be nervous, since I was up all night, and just napped very briefly today.
- For many months he wouldn't settle, slept fitfully, never napped and as a result was tired, irritable and tiring.
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- A short sleep, especially during the day: excuse me, I’ll just take a little napMore example sentences
- And then we all had a nice long afternoon nap.
- He took a short nap in the afternoon and that was all.
- I'll just take a nice long nap and you can wake me up in 2 hours.
catch someone napping
- British • informal Find someone off guard and unprepared to respond: the goalkeeper was caught napping by a shot from CarpenterMore example sentences
- Several times throughout the first half, they were caught napping as the ball was played over, through and round them.
- From the restart, Windermere were caught napping, however, when poor tackling let Workington drive up the centre of the park.
- Eventually, Manchester took a 2-1 lead before half time with an opportunist goal when a quickly-take free hit just inside the 22 caught Kendal napping for a second time.
Old English hnappian, probably of Germanic origin.
- 1 [in singular] The raised hairs or threads on the surface of fabric or suede leather, in terms of the direction in which they naturally lie: carefully machine the seam, following the direction of the napMore example sentences
- Flannelette is a soft cotton fabric with a nap on one side.
- Stitch all seams in the direction of the nap with right sides together.
- Flannel wool is a soft, lightweight fabric with a nap on one or both sides.
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- We stay in a cheap hotel that has hard, napless, gummy carpeting, like the stuff you sometimes find in the vicinity of indoor swimming pools.
- Also, the lateral napless edges along a fabric web have also been scanned by means of mechanical sensors.
- Note that nap and napless carpets played a crucial role in everyday life of Azerbaijanians.
- 2British A tipster’s prediction of the probable winner of a race: he discovered that his nap of the day had sprinted home at 10-1 at DoncasterMore example sentences
- The three-year-old bids for the £10,000 Tote Quick Pick Showcase Handicap and carries the nap to get his head in front.
- A top-class colt last season, Azamour has all the credentials required to win this crackerjack of a race and he is awarded the nap vote.
- Whispered Promises gets the nap vote over an extended seven furlongs.
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- Name (a horse or greyhound) as a probable winner of a race: Harbinger is napped to win the Novices' HurdleMore example sentences
- Motivator was napped by three of our pundits when a panel of experts were asked for their Derby 1-2 - 3s.
- Score or win five times: Tranmere Rovers went nap to inflict a heavy 5-1 defeat on West HamMore example sentences
- Chamionship-chasing Nestlé Rowntree went nap against fierce cross-city rivals York RI at New Lane to keep up the pressure on West Yorkshire League leaders Carlton Athletic.
- Kirkdale United went nap to take over leadership of the first division of the RJF Homes-Beckett League.
- His shot took a nasty deflection to beat the keeper as the Shrimps went nap with moments to go.
early 19th century: abbreviation of napoleon, the original name of the card game.
verb (naps, napping, napped)[no object]
- (Of a horse) refuse, especially habitually, to go on at the rider’s instruction; jib: horses which nap should be dealt with by professionalsMore example sentences
- Vices, if they occur, like napping, can quickly be overcome, with no fear of getting the bit pulled through the mouth.
- She will be showing people how to deal with issues like jumping, biting, rearing and napping by ‘listening’ to their horse.
- At the first fence, he naps and runs out, and I hit him, and he bucked me off and was running around this field with me and the owners chasing after him.
1950s: back-formation from nappy, an adjective first used to describe heady beer (late Middle English), later used in the sense 'intoxicated by drink' (early 18th century), and since the 1920s used to describe a disobedient horse.