Definition of diaper in English:

diaper

noun

  • 1North American A baby's nappy.

    • ‘The market for organic cotton diapers is small compared to that for children's clothing.’
    • ‘She seems uncomfortable in wet or soiled diapers and wants to be changed.’
    • ‘Well, it's your turn to change our offspring the next time he soils his diaper.’
    • ‘Save yourself a ton of money and the local landfill a ton of space, and buy reusable cloth diapers.’
    • ‘Brandon laid the baby down and checked his diaper, which was dry.’
    • ‘In the West, however, babies wear nappies or diapers until they learn to use a pot.’
    • ‘She changed her baby's diaper, and the two sit and talk.’
    • ‘He was wearing a baby blue diaper, and a bib with a yellow star on it.’
    • ‘To many parents of young children, coping with ear infections may seem almost as routine as changing wet diapers.’
    • ‘From now on I will smile when I go out to buy diapers.’
    • ‘Most unique way to spend downtime: I go home and change dirty diapers.’
    • ‘Even medications and basic necessities such as soap and diapers remain scarce, a hardship for women who shoulder the responsibility of caring for the family.’
    • ‘After their second child was born in 1987, she would work days as a medical clerk for the Army and come home at night to two babies in diapers - and often no husband.’
    • ‘However, 40 years ago she was doing something very different from changing diapers.’
    • ‘She transferred the last of the residents who were still using the cloth diapers to disposable adult diapers.’
    • ‘For two 24-hour periods subjects randomly wore either cotton or disposable plastic diapers.’
    • ‘Trying to find time to get to the store for diapers and other essentials sometimes made me want to cry.’
    • ‘In the 1980s, most parents believed that cloth diapers were environmentally superior to disposables.’
    • ‘Be sure to wash after going to the bathroom, or after changing diapers.’
    • ‘The proposed welfare cuts, according to Vivian Hain, ‘will take the shirts off our backs and the diapers off our babies.’’
  • 2[mass noun] A linen or cotton fabric woven in a repeating pattern of small diamonds.

    • ‘Did you know that the word diaper is the name of the type of linen used to make what was then called a napkin or clout for a baby?’
    1. 2.1A repeating geometrical or floral pattern used to decorate a surface.
      • ‘Each frieze register is composed of a compact diaper pattern of diamond-shaped leiwen lozenges and is framed at the top and bottom by small circles.’
      • ‘The tops of the legs are headed by weird lions' masks making a meal of acanthus leaves and the background is criss-crossed with a diaper pattern.’
      • ‘Its decoration consists of incised lines forming a diaper pattern, interspersed with a punched design of tiny triangular forms arranged like the petals of a flower.’
      • ‘The college buildings, of red brick with blue diaper patterning, are grouped around two courtyards.’
      • ‘The gods and goddesses are overlarge for the spaces they occupy and rest somewhat uncertainly on plinths made up of diaper pattern.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1North American Put a nappy on (a baby).

    • ‘Washing, drying, and salting the chicken felt strangely like bathing and diapering a baby - a very cold, lethargic baby with loose, pinkly skin and floppy limbs.’
    • ‘Well, I'm not at all freaked out by it; I even tried diapering him.’
    • ‘His wish to be a baby again, to be diapered by his mom, and to be free of toileting responsibilities were addressed through play and hypnoidal techniques.’
    • ‘We would think a family who used disposable plates and bowls for every meal was wasteful, but we don't think twice about diapering our babies in the same fashion.’
    • ‘After a few minutes, they took the children out, dried them off, diapered them and laid them in the bed.’
    • ‘Told that Sergeant Cummings sends his regards, Reddan smiles and says, ‘Yeah, I diapered him.’’
    • ‘At one point, in the name of balance, I actually diapered my infant daughter on CNN.’
    • ‘Is it really going to be the manly thing to be standing on the subway reading about how to diaper your baby?’
    • ‘Those diapered wonders of Rugrats are a little older now, and a little wiser, it seems, but still have a lot to learn even though they're All Grown Up.’
  • 2Decorate (a surface) with a repeating geometrical or floral pattern.

    • ‘The dating of the border, with its pale blue relief diapering, is interesting, since it indicates when this variation of the famille verte genre was popular.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French diapre, from medieval Latin diasprum, from medieval Greek diaspros (adjective), from dia across + aspros white. The term seems originally to have denoted a costly fabric, but after the 15th century it was used as in diaper; babies' nappies were originally made from pieces of this fabric, hence diaper (late 16th century).

Pronunciation:

diaper

/ˈdʌɪəpə/