noun (plural nappies)British
- A baby’s diaper.More example sentences
- You will have huge embarrassment value in later life showing your daughter's first boyfriend her as a baby with no nappy!
- Here you'll find such a nappy alarm which involves clamping a sensor onto the baby's nappy.
- He was attacked after the class nanny stepped out of the room to change another baby's nappy.
early 20th century: abbreviation of napkin.
adjectiveUS • 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.