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nappy 1

Pronunciation: /ˈnapi/

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
More 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.
Synonyms
North American  diaper
British dated napkin
Scottish & Northern English  hippen

Origin

1920s: abbreviation of napkin.

Words that rhyme with nappy

crappie, flappy, gappy, happi, happy, pappy, sappy, scrappy, slap-happy, snappy, strappy, tapis, yappy, zappy

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nappy 2

Pronunciation: /ˈnapi/

adjective (nappier, nappiest)

US informal
(Of a black person’s hair) frizzy.
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.

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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