nounoften • derogatory
- 1Bland soft or semiliquid food such as that suitable for babies or invalids: trying to eat a trayful of tasteless papMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 • derogatory Reading matter or entertainment that is worthless or lacking in substance: limitless channels serving up an undemanding diet of papMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: probably from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch pappe, probably based on Latin pappare 'eat'.
noun• archaic or • dialect
- A woman’s breast or nipple.More example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin, from a base imitative of the sound of sucking.
- A paparazzo.More example sentences
- 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.