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 nappiesMore example sentences
- 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.
early 20th century: abbreviation of napkin.
adjective (nappier, nappiest)US • informal
- (Of a black person’s hair) frizzy.More example sentences
- ‘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.
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.