Main definitions of nappy in English

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nappy1

noun

British
  • 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.

    ‘he is busy making bottles and changing dirty nappies’
    North American term diaper
    ‘disposable nappies’
    • ‘In the West, however, babies wear nappies or diapers until they learn to use a pot.’
    • ‘All you ever wear is a kukoi, a sort of gown-up's nappy.’
    • ‘Find spare nappy, shorts and a carrier bag to put wet clothes in.’
    • ‘Here you'll find such a nappy alarm which involves clamping a sensor onto the baby's nappy.’
    • ‘Around 90 per cent of babies born in the UK every year wear disposable nappies with only a minority using the reusable variety.’
    • ‘A disposable nappy is a fast solution when you need to change your child in the back of the car.’
    • ‘Instantly they were flooded with offers from firms selling disposable nappies, baby food, layettes and cots.’
    • ‘Also for hygiene and ventilation reasons we have nappy changing area in the toilets.’
    • ‘You will have huge embarrassment value in later life showing your daughter's first boyfriend her as a baby with no nappy!’
    • ‘Disposable nappies from one baby make up half the rubbish of a normal family - that equates to more than four per cent of the district's waste.’
    • ‘They were probably hoping for some packs of disposable nappies, baby lotion, and maybe a buggy, or a pram or something.’
    • ‘Disposable nappies were the product of years of research investment by multinational companies keen to capture and expand a lucrative market.’
    • ‘Dirty nappies and food-stained clothes were changed immediately.’
    • ‘His mind was still wandering from thinking about what being a dad is going to be like, the dirty nappies, baby sick the works.’
    • ‘One baby's disposable nappies can fill 40 bin liners, or 12 wheelie bins each year.’
    • ‘Feminists are also on his case, reminding him about all those glowing family photographs and public eulogies to nappy-changing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the same time, we would advise people of the benefits of using towelling nappies for the environment.’
    • ‘As if all that were not enough, new scientific research is beginning to throw up other potential hazards with disposable nappies.’
    • ‘I now have greater respect for the women of yesteryear who didn't use disposable nappies but the towelling ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At this moment, there was a mighty smell accompanied by an appropriate noise from Ben'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.’
    • ‘The project aims to get parents to use reusable nappies on their babies rather than disposable nappies.’
    • ‘Back in 1991 the company commissioned two studies to compare the ecological costs of reusable versus disposable nappies.’
    • ‘Dress your baby in a nappy, vest and Babygro for sleeping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Between 1990 and 1996 he changed about 2,000 nappies, both disposable and reusable.’
    • ‘Whether this is down to them all recently becoming fathers is unclear, but those dirty nappies and sleepless nights won't have helped their mood.’
    • ‘How can one 2.5 year old create so much mess in one nappy?’
    • ‘Parents who care about the environment are to be persuaded to return to using washable nappies instead of modern disposable ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was attacked after the class nanny stepped out of the room to change another baby's nappy.’
    • ‘Bring the bottom edge of the nappy up between your baby's legs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a brilliant way to show young teenagers and young adults what it's like to get up at 2 am in the morning to feed a baby, to change a dirty nappy, to try and comfort a crying baby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bigger pack of 54 was on sale for £8.96, or 16.6p per nappy.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation of napkin.

Pronunciation

nappy

/ˈnapi/

Main definitions of nappy in English

: nappy1nappy2

nappy2

adjective

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

    ‘I became proud of my thick, nappy hair’
    • ‘There I was with my West Indian accent, dark skin and nappy hair - before locks and the new African-American identity, mind you.’
    • ‘These were the dark-skinned folk with nappy hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He got up and sighed, sweeping his hand through his nappy grey brown hair, his usual habit.’
    • ‘Look at grandma - she's got nappy hair, big lips, a wide nose, high cheek bones.’
    • ‘‘She just wanted to know what nappy hair felt like,’ my mom complained all the way home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were no sequined costumes or crèmed down nappy hair for the performers here.’
    • ‘Well, let me take my nappy hair and get out of here.’

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.

Pronunciation

nappy

/ˈnapi/