Main definitions of nappy in English

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nappy1

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nounplural noun nappies

British
  • A piece of absorbent material wrapped around a baby's bottom and between its legs to absorb and retain urine and feces; a diaper.

    ‘he is busy making bottles and changing dirty nappies’
    • ‘disposable nappies’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the West, however, babies wear nappies or diapers until they learn to use a pot.’
    • ‘The ammonia produced by stale urine can make the skin under and around a baby's nappy very sore and red, with red spots, blisters and broken skin.’
    • ‘Having read all the right books about childhood development, the Professor displayed not the slightest dismay as he quietly drained the tub and got the little chap into a nice, fresh nappy.’
    • ‘One witness was changing his child's nappy shortly before midnight when he looked up through a skylight and saw a huge fireball in the sky.’
    • ‘Consider the cost of 36 nappy changes a day, 24 feeds, five tubs of baby formula and four and a half boxes of rusks per week.’
    • ‘Also for hygiene and ventilation reasons we have nappy changing area in the toilets.’
    • ‘One of the big things is getting out and showing people their image of a traditional, old-fashioned nappy is wrong - there are lots of choices.’
    • ‘A bigger pack of 54 was on sale for £8.96, or 16.6p per nappy.’
    • ‘Annual sales of three billion disposables makes the UK market worth an estimated £1.2 billion, on the basis of a retail price of 40p per nappy.’
    • ‘Feminists are also on his case, reminding him about all those glowing family photographs and public eulogies to nappy-changing.’
    • ‘All you ever wear is a kukoi, a sort of gown-up's nappy.’
    • ‘Legal proceedings are being taken against an airline which threw a man off a plane for allegedly pushing a hostess after changing his daughter's nappy.’
    • ‘How can one 2.5 year old create so much mess in one nappy?’
    • ‘At this moment, there was a mighty smell accompanied by an appropriate noise from Ben's nappy.’
    • ‘Find spare nappy, shorts and a carrier bag to put wet clothes in.’
    • ‘Unless I'm mistaken, and a ‘fund manager’ is actually some kind of teddy bear or brand of nappy, junior, I think, will live through the day without one.’
    • ‘It was when changing my daughter's nappy (Oh yes, I'm a modern man) that I suddenly realised the best way to get good service in a restaurant.’

Pronunciation

nappy

/ˈnapē/ /ˈnæpi/

Origin

1920s abbreviation of napkin.

Main definitions of nappy in English

: nappy1nappy2

nappy2

See synonyms for nappy

Translate nappy into Spanish

adjectiveadjective nappier, adjective nappiest

informal US
  • (of hair) frizzy (typically used with reference to black people)

    • ‘I became proud of my thick, nappy hair’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘I think I look fine even though I am over weight, have nappy hair, and seem a bit grouchy, as you would if you were a freak having to put up with normal people.’
    • ‘Look at grandma - she's got nappy hair, big lips, a wide nose, high cheek bones.’
    • ‘There were no sequined costumes or crèmed down nappy hair for the performers here.’
    • ‘He got up and sighed, sweeping his hand through his nappy grey brown hair, his usual habit.’
    • ‘I decided that no matter how much I try to manipulate my hair to be bone straight or wet and curly, the truth of the matter is my hair is nappy.’

Pronunciation

nappy

/ˈnapē/ /ˈnæpi/

Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense ‘shaggy’): from Middle Dutch noppigh, Middle Low German noppich, from noppe (see nap). The current sense dates from the early 20th century.