One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually in combination (of a textile) having a nap, usually of a specified kind.‘a long-napped paint roller’
downy, down-covered, frizzy, woolly, velvety, silky, silken, satiny, linty, softView synonyms
- ‘Suede is simply the inside layer of a cowhide, pig or lambskin with a napped finish and the same rules of measurement apply.’
- ‘Even the choice of heavily napped wool, instead of a luxurious silk, suggests the practical aspects of military dress in keeping with the republicanism of the Napoleonic myth.’
- ‘Outing flannel is a soft, twill or plain weave fabric napped on both sides.’
- ‘This will ensure that all pieces cut from napped fabric are kept on the same grain.’
- ‘Beaver cloth is a heavy woolen overcoating, napped and pressed down to resemble beaver fur.’
- ‘These are linings of cotton, wool or synthetic that is napped to create a flannel-like effect on the face and an unbrushed fabric on the back.’
(of food) served in a sauce or other liquid.‘mushrooms napped with melted butter’
- ‘My meat arrives sizzling, napped in spices with a halo of crunchy greens around it.’
- ‘What you expect are plump oysters, set on cushion of fresh, blanched spinach, napped with a buttery emulsion and flashed under the grill, just enough to cook the oyster and glaze the sauce.’
- ‘Napped with melted butter, and scented with rosemary and mint, that kebob had a tantalizing flavor.’
1970s: from French napper ‘coat with (a sauce)’, from nappe ‘cloth’, figuratively ‘pool of liquid’, + -ed.
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