Main definitions of carnapping in English

: carnapping1carnapping2

carnapping1

noun

mass nounSE Asian
  • The action of stealing a car.

    ‘they were charged with carnapping’
    count noun ‘the information came from one of the suspects involved in a carnapping’

Origin

1930s: blend of car + -napping (on the pattern of kidnapping).

Pronunciation

carnapping

/ˈkɑːnapɪŋ/

Main definitions of carnapping in English

: carnapping1carnapping2

carnapping2

(also carnaping)

noun

mass noun
  • The act or an instance of stealing a motor vehicle.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in The San Mateo Times. From car + -napping.

Pronunciation

carnapping

/ˈkɑːnapɪŋ/