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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an afternoon nap (=short sleep)
▪ Dad was having his Sunday afternoon nap.
▪ The good coroner was taking one of his short naps, his great belly sagging, mouth half-open.
▪ I take a quick breakfast myself, and a short nap. 8: 00-8: 05 AMThe sun is burning hot.
▪ Authorities claim that a short nap can reduce tension and revitalize you.
▪ He leads me to a dormitory, where eight boys are settling down into one big bed for their afternoon nap.
▪ He waited until Lois came upstairs for her little afternoon nap.
▪ If a group is coming to entertain residents, then bring them in after an afternoon nap.
▪ Nevertheless, recent research indicates that the body is designed for at least one afternoon nap per day.
▪ I had bought him a musical tie which woke him up from an afternoon nap when he rolled on to it.
▪ On the road, the girls sleep ten hours a night, eat many and formidable meals and take long afternoon naps.
▪ It was by the rice banks, where a coolness congregates near a coconut grove, that I took my afternoon nap.
▪ When Miles and Evan were little, John and I were very consistent in putting them down for an hour-long afternoon nap.
▪ We were very quiet because some people were taking a nap.
▪ Following that kind of meal, the two main options are to take a nap or a walk.
▪ Do not take naps in the daytime if you feel tired.
▪ Dave took a nap on the ride home.
▪ But between two o'clock and three-thirty, Flora took a nap.
▪ Janir, I have to take a nap.
▪ Dolly's limbs lay strewn about the carpet but Dolly's assailant had gone to take a nap and slept.
▪ They were the things we always did, and that night we took a darling nap and did them all again.
catch sb by surprise, catch sb off guard, catch sb napping/unawares
▪ My pregnancy caught us by surprise, but we're happy about it.
▪ The public's reaction obviously caught the governor off guard.
▪ As I approached the veranda, three people got up from what appeared to be an early evening nap and came outside.
▪ He leads me to a dormitory, where eight boys are settling down into one big bed for their afternoon nap.
▪ He waited until Lois came upstairs for her little afternoon nap.
▪ He went to the library at noon and sat, idly reading, wanting a nap, forgetting to have lunch.
▪ Often even young children can't have a comfortable nap during the day.
▪ The muscle work comes after breakfast, then again after lunch and a nap.
▪ These raised the nap on the cloth, which could then be cropped with shears to give it a smoother finish.
▪ Two of them were only having a nap.
▪ But Springsteen wouldn't catch me napping again.
▪ This double-barreled ap-proach should catch our competitors napping.
▪ Quakers were caught napping again two minutes later.
▪ Rookie Trent Whitfield almost caught Joseph napping, surprising him with a quick slap shot from the blue line.
▪ But many tourists waste their first day abroad anyway, napping either in a hotel bed or a theater seat.
▪ But Springsteen wouldn't catch me napping again.
▪ He thought he might nap for a while, then read some of it, whatever the hour.
▪ Here and there, they nap -- half an hour, an hour, rarely longer.
▪ One was asleep, napping under a trilby hat pulled down over his eyes.
▪ This double-barreled ap-proach should catch our competitors napping.
▪ Too alert to sleep, I fill my notebook with sketches of the nubble under the quarter moon while Margaret naps.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nap \Nap\ (n[a^]p), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Napped (n[a^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Napping (n[a^]p"p[i^]ng).] [OE. nappen, AS. hn[ae]ppian to take a nap, to slumber; cf. AS. hnipian to bend one's self, Icel. hnipna, hn[=i]pa, to droop.]

  1. To have a short sleep; to be drowsy; to doze.

  2. To be in a careless, secure state; to be unprepared; as, to be caught napping.

    I took thee napping, unprepared.


Nap \Nap\, n. A short sleep; a doze; a siesta.


Nap \Nap\, n. [OE. noppe, AS. hnoppa; akin to D. nop, Dan. noppe, LG. nobbe.]

  1. Woolly or villous surface of felt, cloth, plants, etc.; an external covering of down, of short fine hairs or fibers forming part of the substance of anything, and lying smoothly in one direction; the pile; as, the nap of cotton flannel or of broadcloth.

  2. pl. The loops which are cut to make the pile, in velvet.


Nap \Nap\, v. t. To raise, or put, a nap on.


Nap \Nap\, n. Same as Napoleon, 1, below.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"downy surface of cloth," mid-15c., from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German noppe "nap, tuft of wool," probably introduced by Flemish cloth-workers. Cognate with Old English hnoppian "to pluck," ahneopan "pluck off," Old Swedish niupa "to pinch," Gothic dis-hniupan "to tear."


Old English hnappian "to doze, sleep lightly," of unknown origin, apparently related to Old High German hnaffezan, German dialectal nafzen, Norwegian napp. Related: Napped; napping.


"short spell of sleep," c.1300, from nap (v.). With take (v.) from c.1400.


"to furnish with a nap, raise the nap of," 1610s, from nap (n.1).


Etymology 1 n. A short period of sleep, especially one during the day vb. 1 to have a nap; to sleep for a short period of time, especially during the day 2 to be off one's guard Etymology 2

n. A soft or fuzzy surface on fabric or leather. vb. to form or raise a soft or fuzzy surface on (fabric or leather) Etymology 3

n. 1 (context British English) A type of bet in British horse racing, based on the experts' best tips 2 (context uncountable card games English) A card game in which players take tricks; properly (term: Napoleon) 3 A bid to take five tricks in the card game Napoleon. Etymology 4

vb. (context obsolete English) to grab; to nab Etymology 5

vb. (context cooking English) To cover (something) with a sauce (usually in passive)

  1. n. a period of time spent sleeping; "he felt better after a little sleep"; "there wasn't time for a nap" [syn: sleep]

  2. a soft or fuzzy surface texture

  3. the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave; "for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction" [syn: pile]

  4. a short sleep (usually not in bed) [syn: catnap, cat sleep, forty winks, short sleep, snooze]

  5. a card game similar to whist; usually played for stakes [syn: Napoleon]

  6. [also: napping, napped]

  1. v. take a siesta; "She naps everyday after lunch for an hour" [syn: catnap, catch a wink]

  2. [also: napping, napped]

Nap (disambiguation)

A nap is a short period of sleep.

Nap or NAP may also refer to:

Nap (textile)

Primarily, nap is the raised (fuzzy) surface on certain kinds of cloth, such as velvet. Nap can refer additionally to other surfaces that look like the surface of a napped cloth, such as the surface of a felt or beaver hat.

Starting around the 14th century, the word referred originally to the roughness of woven cloth before it was sheared. When cloth, especially woollen cloth, is woven, the surface of the cloth is not smooth, and this roughness is the nap. Generally the cloth is then 'sheared' to create an even surface, and the nap is thus removed. A person who trimmed the surface of cloth with shears to remove any excess nap was known as a shearman.


A nap is a short period of sleep, typically taken between the hours of 9am and 9pm as an adjunct to the usual nocturnal sleep period. Naps are most often taken as a response to drowsiness during waking hours. A nap is a form of biphasic or polyphasic sleep, where the latter terms also include longer periods of sleep in addition to one single period. Cultural attitudes toward napping during the work day vary. In many Western cultures, children and the elderly are expected to nap during the day and are provided with designated periods and locations to do so. In these same cultures, most working adults are not expected to sleep during the day and napping on the job is widely considered unacceptable. Other cultures (especially those in hot climates) serve their largest meals at midday, with allowance for a nap period ( siesta) afterwards before returning to work.

Usage examples of "nap".

Christian was, Hopeful had taken a nap, as he so confidingly called it--a fatal nap in that arbour built by the enemy of pilgrims, just on purpose for the young and the ignorant, the inexperienced and the self-indulgent.

He had only allowed himself a two-hour nap while Anoshi and Bap dropped safely off to sleep.

Mijnheer Beek took longer than usual to settle for his after-lunch nap the next day.

I was so exhausted from pain, I had to take a two-hour nap to be able to go to the Ice Capades with Lindsay.

Walton selected a private room, lunched lightly on baked chlorella steak and filtered rum, and dialed a twelve-minute nap.

How long until page 27, the culling song, gets read to fifty kids before nap time?

The deafening roll of the thunder awoke Washington White from a short nap, and the darkey was not at all sure that he was safe from the lightning bolts.

Perhaps Sir would consider an after dinner digestif and a post-prandial nap instead?

He felt his spirits lift, and his time as a dormouse had already become nothing more in his head than the remnants of a dream, as if he had merely taken an afternoon nap in front of the kitchen fire and was now wide awake once more.

He had hopes, too, of ultimately catching the good attorney napping, and leading him too, bound and docile, into his ergastulum, although he was himself just now in jeopardy from that quarter.

Leo sometimes caught naps while Erith slept and fed in the afternoon, but still collapsed like the exhausted man he was from midnight to dawn.

The Fam spent most of her time with Straif, demanding petting, curling to nap on his lap when he worked in his ResidenceDen, sometimes sneaking into the bed during the middle of the night and sleeping next to Straif.

Women sometimes became hewers, but it was rare: when wielding the pick or hammer most women could not hit hard enough, and it took them too long to win the coal from the face, The men always took a nap when they came home.

Williard took his usual nap after chow, then rounded up Tex, Heavy and Junkman for the trip to Long Binh.

Amos went up to his room to take a nap and I started cleaning up things downstairs where Libbet worked yesterday.