There are 3 definitions of pap in English:

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noun

[mass noun]
1Bland soft or semi-liquid food such as that suitable for babies or invalids: a trayful of tasteless pap
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  • Babies are breast-fed on demand, often for well over a year, although solid foods, usually rice pap, may be introduced at a young age.
  • Therefore to stuff the baby with paps and slops is to deprive it of the most strengthening food; for if its stomach be filled with pap, there cannot be any room for food.
  • Throughout the years a soft gruel-like substance called pap was fed to small babies. Pap was made of a number of things including ground cornmeal and water.
Synonyms
soft food, mush, semi-liquid food, baby food, slop, slush, swill, pulp, purée, mash, paste
informal goo, gloop, gook
North American informal glop
1.1(In Africa and the Caribbean) porridge, usually made with maize meal.
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  • Other items include a finger lunch of meat dishes, vegetables and salads or a braai menu of chicken peri-peri, rump steak, traditional wors served with pap, rolls, roasted potato and tomato gravy.
  • Apart from tasting traditional Xhosa food - from kudu steaks to samp and beans and stywe pap - the Canadians will be licking their fingers as they tuck into specially made Springbok wors.
  • Customers are given a choice between pap and rice served with chicken or beef stew.
2Worthless or trivial reading matter or entertainment: limitless channels serving up an undemanding diet of pap
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  • The argument goes that TV schedules are full of pap, with too much concentration on entertainment rather than the worthier fare of education.
  • Both numbers have a degree of sophistication that is not exactly very high, but much higher than the pap offered in other contemporary and even more modern musicals.
  • Her conspicuous wealth, derived from the public demand for the pap she peddles, is further cause for resentment.
Synonyms
trivia, pulp, pulp fiction, rubbish, trash, nonsense, froth; Britishcandyfloss
informal dreck, drivel, twaddle, rot

adjective

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1(Of food) lacking flavour and firmness: the apple is so pap I won’t eat it
1.1(Of a person) lacking physical or emotional strength; feeble: this flu makes people feel pap
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  • In one of her interviews in Egypt they bring up that "she's not a pap person like people think".
  • He is clearly a an anonymous PAP person employed to trawl the blogs, attack the views and attitudes of the writers without offering any constructive criticism.
1.2(Of an inflatable object) under-inflated; flat: my wheel was pap so I had to push the bike home

Origin

late Middle English: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch pappe, probably based on Latin pappare 'eat'.

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There are 3 definitions of pap in English:

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noun

archaic or dialect
A woman’s breast or nipple.
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  • Gripping their wife's puny paps, withered by suckling babes, they reached for those firm round breasts which had known ought but a man's hunger.
  • And how else did you think I came to you with my paps full of milk, when you were first a babe?
  • Most of the patients on their list are women who go to a gynecologist for paps and mammograms.

Origin

Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin, from a base imitative of the sound of sucking.

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There are 3 definitions of pap in English:

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informal

noun

A paparazzo.
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  • The truth is she looks out of a window, my friend, and there are paps coming over the fence.
  • But the paps, along with legal experts, say they are protected by their right to free speech under the US constitution.
  • So how the hearts of the paps must have leapt as Madonna plus children and lover Jesus hoved into view off the coast of Italy this week.

verb (paps, papping, papped)

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Take a photograph of (a celebrity) without permission: she can’t go to the gym or pop to the shops without being papped

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