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’
    ‘disposable nappies’
    • ‘Bring the bottom edge of the nappy up between your baby's legs.’
    • ‘Feminists are also on his case, reminding him about all those glowing family photographs and public eulogies to nappy-changing.’
    • ‘Parents who care about the environment are to be persuaded to return to using washable nappies instead of modern disposable ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One baby's disposable nappies can fill 40 bin liners, or 12 wheelie bins each year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around 90 per cent of babies born in the UK every year wear disposable nappies with only a minority using the reusable variety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Disposable nappies were the product of years of research investment by multinational companies keen to capture and expand a lucrative market.’
    • ‘I now have greater respect for the women of yesteryear who didn't use disposable nappies but the towelling ones.’
    • ‘At this moment, there was a mighty smell accompanied by an appropriate noise from Ben's nappy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The project aims to get parents to use reusable nappies on their babies rather than disposable nappies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here you'll find such a nappy alarm which involves clamping a sensor onto the baby's nappy.’
    • ‘A bigger pack of 54 was on sale for £8.96, or 16.6p per nappy.’
    • ‘Back in 1991 the company commissioned two studies to compare the ecological costs of reusable versus disposable nappies.’
    • ‘At the same time, we would advise people of the benefits of using towelling nappies for the environment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How can one 2.5 year old create so much mess in one nappy?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were probably hoping for some packs of disposable nappies, baby lotion, and maybe a buggy, or a pram or something.’
    • ‘Between 1990 and 1996 he changed about 2,000 nappies, both disposable and reusable.’
    • ‘His mind was still wandering from thinking about what being a dad is going to be like, the dirty nappies, baby sick the works.’
    • ‘Instantly they were flooded with offers from firms selling disposable nappies, baby food, layettes and cots.’
    • ‘Dress your baby in a nappy, vest and Babygro for sleeping.’
    • ‘Dirty nappies and food-stained clothes were changed immediately.’
    • ‘He was attacked after the class nanny stepped out of the room to change another baby's nappy.’
    • ‘A disposable nappy is a fast solution when you need to change your child in the back of the car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the West, however, babies wear nappies or diapers until they learn to use a pot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Find spare nappy, shorts and a carrier bag to put wet clothes in.’
    • ‘As if all that were not enough, new scientific research is beginning to throw up other potential hazards with disposable nappies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All you ever wear is a kukoi, a sort of gown-up's 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’
    • ‘These were the dark-skinned folk with nappy hair.’
    • ‘He got up and sighed, sweeping his hand through his nappy grey brown hair, his usual habit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, let me take my nappy hair and get out of here.’
    • ‘‘She just wanted to know what nappy hair felt like,’ my mom complained all the way home.’
    • ‘There I was with my West Indian accent, dark skin and nappy hair - before locks and the new African-American identity, mind you.’
    • ‘There were no sequined costumes or crèmed down nappy hair for the performers here.’
    • ‘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.’

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/