Definition of diaper in English:

diaper

noun

  • 1North American A piece of towelling or other absorbent material wrapped round a baby's bottom and between its legs to absorb and retain urine and faeces; a nappy.

    • ‘He was wearing a baby blue diaper, and a bib with a yellow star on it.’
    • ‘There is no longer a need to be burdened by diaper bags, bags of Cheerios and other baby-related accoutrements.’
    • ‘She takes great joy in stripping off her clothes, diaper and all, in the middle of the living room.’
    • ‘Leave baby's diaper off for a few minutes and let the bottom air-dry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tess changes the baby's clothing and diaper, then rocks him, humming, till he falls asleep.’
    • ‘In the West, however, babies wear nappies or diapers until they learn to use a pot.’
    • ‘For two 24-hour periods subjects randomly wore either cotton or disposable plastic diapers.’
    • ‘Care should be taken to weigh the baby wearing only a fresh diaper for the pre-feeding weight, with the same diaper being on the baby for the postfeeding weight.’
    • ‘Brandon laid the baby down and checked his diaper, which was dry.’
    • ‘Wash hands often, especially after changing a baby's diaper or using the restroom.’
    • ‘She won the right to raise their child by demonstrating to a dumbstruck judge what she could manage: she changed the baby's diaper with her teeth.’
    • ‘She changed her baby's diaper, and the two sit and talk.’
    • ‘You have to change a baby's diaper just like you have to change a car's oil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some parents sew a pocket in the seat of their child's pants and pad it with a piece of diaper.’
    • ‘Trying to find time to get to the store for diapers and other essentials sometimes made me want to cry.’
    • ‘Clean you baby's bottom with every diaper change’
    • ‘Symptoms include fever lasting two to three days, sore throat, runny nose, mouth ulcers, rashes on the hands, feet and diaper areas, and vomiting and diarrhea.’
    • ‘She transferred the last of the residents who were still using the cloth diapers to disposable adult diapers.’
    • ‘Who could get wildly excited at the thought of late-night bottle feeds, sore gums and diaper changes at that point in their lives?’
    • ‘For lightweight fabrics such as cotton, silk and linen, use a lightweight press cloth - a handkerchief, a diaper or a preshrunk cotton fabric scrap all work well.’
    • ‘The proposed welfare cuts, according to Vivian Hain, ‘will take the shirts off our backs and the diapers off our babies.’’
    • ‘However, 40 years ago she was doing something very different from changing diapers.’
    • ‘The market for organic cotton diapers is small compared to that for children's clothing.’
    • ‘The ways that children will indicate their need for a bowel movement will vary, such as stopping an activity for a few seconds, their face turning red, or the clutching of their diaper.’
    • ‘Be sure to wash after going to the bathroom, or after changing diapers.’
    • ‘Save yourself a ton of money and the local landfill a ton of space, and buy reusable cloth diapers.’
    • ‘In the 1980s, most parents believed that cloth diapers were environmentally superior to disposables.’
    • ‘Last November I converted our old diaper bag to a briefcase.’
    • ‘From now on I will smile when I go out to buy diapers.’
    • ‘Well, it's your turn to change our offspring the next time he soils his diaper.’
    • ‘Most unique way to spend downtime: I go home and change dirty diapers.’
    • ‘To many parents of young children, coping with ear infections may seem almost as routine as changing wet diapers.’
    • ‘So to be safe, keep one hand on the baby's belly while you use the other to work the old diaper off and the new one on.’
    • ‘Maybe even rub it down with a soft, cloth diaper.’
    • ‘During the time between August 1998 through to December 1998 the Society continued to assist the mother by providing formula and diaper costs for the child.’
    • ‘Have we not seen drugs hidden in a child's diaper to try to get past security forces?’
    • ‘She seems uncomfortable in wet or soiled diapers and wants to be changed.’
  • 2mass 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. 2.1 A repeating geometrical or floral pattern used to decorate a surface.
      • ‘The gods and goddesses are overlarge for the spaces they occupy and rest somewhat uncertainly on plinths made up of diaper pattern.’
      • ‘The college buildings, of red brick with blue diaper patterning, are grouped around two courtyards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1North American Put a nappy on (a baby).

    • ‘I'm currently reading: ‘The Trixie Update,’ a website kept by a stay at home dad chronicling the feeding, diapering, and sleeping habits of his kid.’
    • ‘Before finding your magazine and discussion boards, I knew nothing about cloth diapering and had a hard time finding resources to back up my thoughts on not circumcising.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At one point, in the name of balance, I actually diapered my infant daughter on CNN.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, I'm not at all freaked out by it; I even tried diapering him.’
    • ‘Is it really going to be the manly thing to be standing on the subway reading about how to diaper your baby?’
    • ‘These classes help prepare teens for the practical side of parenthood by teaching such skills as feeding, diapering, child safety, and other basic baby care techniques.’
    • ‘Talk about the infant's sibling, about your plans for the afternoon, or about diapering.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the baby was checked, weighed, and diapered.’
    • ‘Toddlers will often touch themselves when they are naked, such as in the bathtub or while being diapered.’
    • ‘Help your child practice feeding, diapering, holding and burping with a doll.’
    • ‘Told that Sergeant Cummings sends his regards, Reddan smiles and says, ‘Yeah, I diapered him.’’
    • ‘To his shock, she falls completely under the spell of this inanimate creature, powdering and diapering it, kissing and hugging it, and defending it from Karel's attempts to end the joke and ‘kill’ the ‘baby.’’
    • ‘At least they are not freakish humanoids dressed in cowboy outfits or made-up like painted whores or diapered like idiot manchildren or bedecked with an elaborate wig of human hair.’
    • ‘Together, the two boys got their brother diapered and dressed in his nightgown, and Adam carefully combed out all the snarls in Joe's fine silky hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a few minutes, they took the children out, dried them off, diapered them and laid them in the bed.’
  • 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 (sense 2 of the noun); babies' nappies were originally made from pieces of this fabric, hence diaper (sense 1 of the noun) (late 16th century).

Pronunciation

diaper

/ˈdʌɪəpə/