There are 2 definitions of nappy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnapi
 
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noun (plural nappies)

British
  • A piece of towelling or other absorbent material wrapped round a baby’s bottom and between its legs to absorb and retain urine and faeces: he is busy making bottles and changing dirty nappies disposable nappies
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    • Dress your baby in a nappy, vest and Babygro for sleeping.
    • I now have greater respect for the women of yesteryear who didn't use disposable nappies but the towelling ones.
    • Bring the bottom edge of the nappy up between your baby's legs.
    Synonyms
    North American diaper
    British dated napkin

Origin

early 20th century: abbreviation of napkin.

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There are 2 definitions of nappy in English:

nappy2

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adjective (nappier, nappiest)

US informal
  • (Of a black person’s hair) frizzy.
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    • ‘She just wanted to know what nappy hair felt like,’ my mom complained all the way home.
    • These were the dark-skinned folk with nappy hair.
    • Well, let me take my nappy hair and get out of here.

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'shaggy'): from Middle Dutch noppigh, Middle Low German noppich, from noppe (see nap2). The current sense dates from the early 20th century.

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