Definition of diaper in English:

diaper

noun

  • 1North American A piece of absorbent material wrapped around a baby's bottom and between its legs to absorb and retain urine and feces.

    • ‘Maybe even rub it down with a soft, cloth diaper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wash hands often, especially after changing a baby's diaper or using the restroom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Leave baby's diaper off for a few minutes and let the bottom air-dry.’
    • ‘Clean you baby's bottom with every diaper change’
    • ‘Some parents sew a pocket in the seat of their child's pants and pad it with a piece of diaper.’
    • ‘You have to change a baby's diaper just like you have to change a car's oil.’
    • ‘She changed her baby's diaper, and the two sit and talk.’
    • ‘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 takes great joy in stripping off her clothes, diaper and all, in the middle of the living room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tess changes the baby's clothing and diaper, then rocks him, humming, till he falls asleep.’
    • ‘There is no longer a need to be burdened by diaper bags, bags of Cheerios and other baby-related accoutrements.’
    • ‘Who could get wildly excited at the thought of late-night bottle feeds, sore gums and diaper changes at that point in their lives?’
    • ‘Last November I converted our old diaper bag to a briefcase.’
  • 2A 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 geometric 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1North American Put a diaper 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.’
    • ‘Talk about the infant's sibling, about your plans for the afternoon, or about diapering.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the baby was checked, weighed, and diapered.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Help your child practice feeding, diapering, holding and burping with a doll.’
    • ‘Toddlers will often touch themselves when they are naked, such as in the bathtub or while being diapered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Decorate (a surface) with a repeating geometric 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 in diaper; babies' diapers were originally made from pieces of this fabric, hence diaper (late 16th century).

Pronunciation:

diaper

/ˈdī(ə)pər/