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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Pap smear
▪ Most of the novel is boring, super-sentimental pap.
▪ Biased rubbish, distortions, Tory propaganda, consumer pap, trivia, silly stories - they hadn't changed.
▪ Many silver pap boats were converted into cream boats by adding a handle and feet.
▪ Telly snobs will, of course, dismiss the show as lightweight, contrived pap.
▪ They are making big names for themselves with pap.
▪ This was not the rich pap of the commercial world and there was little money in it for the artists.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pap \Pap\, n. [Cf. OSw. papp. Cf. Pap soft food.]

  1. (Anat.) A nipple; a mammilla; a teat.

    The paps which thou hast sucked.
    --Luke xi. 27.

  2. A rounded, nipplelike hill or peak; anything resembling a nipple in shape; a mamelon.


Pap \Pap\, n. [Cf. D. pap, G. pappe, both perh. fr. L. papa, pappa, the word with which infants call for food: cf. It. pappa.]

  1. A soft food for infants, made of bread boiled or softened in milk or water.

  2. Hence: Any speech, writing, or idea lacking substance, or of trivial content; oversimplified, trite, or worthless ideas.

    Syn: pablum, drivel, twaddle.

  3. Nourishment or support from official patronage; as, treasury pap. [Colloq. & Contemptuous]

  4. The pulp of fruit.


Pap \Pap\, v. t. To feed with pap.
--Beau. & Fl.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"soft food for infants," late 14c., from Old French pape "watered gruel," from Latin pappa, a widespread word in children's language for "food" (Middle High German and Dutch pap, German Pappe, Spanish, Portuguese papa, Italian pappa), imitative of an infant's noise when hungry; possibly associated with pap (n.2). Meaning "over-simplified idea" first recorded 1540s.


"nipple of a woman's breast," c.1200, first attested in Northern and Midlands writing, probably from a Scandinavian source (not recorded in Old Norse, but compare dialectal Swedish pappe), from PIE imitative root *pap- "to swell" (cognates: Latin papilla "nipple," papula "a swelling, pimple;" Lithuanian papas "nipple").


"older man," 1844, shortening of papa.


Etymology 1

  1. (context slang South Africa English) Spineless, wet, without character. n. 1 (context uncountable English) Food in the form of a soft paste, often a porridge, especially as given to very young children. 2 (context uncountable colloquial English) nonsense. 3 (context South Africa English) porridge. 4 (context informal derogatory English) support from official patronage 5 The pulp of fruit. v

  2. (context transitive obsolete English) To feed with pap. Etymology 2

    n. 1 (context now archaic English) A female breast or nipple. (from 13th

  3. ) 2 (context now rare archaic English) A man's breast. (from 15th c.) 3 A rounded, nipple-like hill or peak. Etymology 3

    n. Pap smear Etymology 4

    1. (label en South African slang) Flat. Etymology 5


    2. (context usually in the passive English) Of a paparazzo, to take a surreptitious photograph of (someone, especially a celebrity) without their consent.

  1. n. worthless or oversimplified ideas [syn: pablum]

  2. a diet that does not require chewing; advised for those with intestinal disorders [syn: soft diet, spoon food]

  3. the small projection of a mammary gland [syn: nipple, mammilla, mamilla, teat, tit]


PAP or Pap can refer to a number of things.

Pap (food)

Pap , also known as mieliepap ( Afrikaans for maize porridge) in South Africa or Sadza in Shona in Zimbabwe, or Ogi/ Akamu in Nigeria or phaletšhe in Botswana is a traditional porridge/ polenta made from mielie-meal (ground maize) and a staple food of the Bantu peoples of Southern Africa (the Afrikaans word pap is taken from Dutch and simply means " porridge"). Many traditional Southern Africa dishes include pap, such as smooth maize meal porridge (also called slap pap or soft porridge), pap with a very thick consistency that can be held in the hand (stywe pap or firm porridge) and a more dry crumbly phuthu pap. Phuthu dishes are usually found in the coastal areas of South Africa.

A variety of savouries can be used to accompany pap, made from green vegetables, and flavoured with chilli.

Afrikaners in the northern parts of South Africa eat it as breakfast staple, with milk, butter and sugar, but also serve it with meat and tomato-stew (usually tomato and onion) at other meals, When they are having a braai, stywe pap or phutu pap with a savoury sauce like tomato and onion or mushroom and cheese is an important part of the meal.

In the Cape Province of South Africa it is almost exclusively seen as a breakfast food. Since mielie-meal is inexpensive, poor people combine it with vegetables. It can be served hot or, after it has cooled, it can be fried. Phutu porridge is sometimes enjoyed with chakalaka as a side dish with braais.

Pap (village)

Pap is a village in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, in the Northern Great Plain region of eastern Hungary.

Usage examples of "pap".

Tons of predigested fungal pap went into the slick blind jaws at one end.

When I was within the house I found my deare and sweet love Fotis mincing of meat and making pottage for her master and mistresse, the Cupboord was all set with wines, and I thought I smelled the savor of some dainty meats : she had about her middle a white and clean apron, and shee was girded about her body under the paps with a swathell of red silke, and she stirred the pot and turned the meat with her fair and white hands, in such sort that with stirring and turning the same, her loynes and hips did likewise move and shake, which was in my mind a comely sight to see.

Two veteran career diplomats, Ulrich von Hassell, the ambassador in Rome, and Herbert von Dirksen, the ambassador in Tokyo, were relieved, as was Papen in Vienna.

For I am not onely of kindred to thy mother by blood, but also by nourice, for wee both descended of the line of Plutarch, lay in one belly, sucked the same paps, and were brought up together in one house.

Reader, if haply this memoir ever sees a posthumous light, think what would happen to yourself if eating and drinking, those perennial joys of humanity, which last from the infantine pap to the senile Revalenta Arabica, were taken away.

Pap smears, addressing the nubile Madame Psychosis in progressively puerile baby-talk and continuing to use her childhood diminutive like Pookie or Putti as he attempted to dissuade her from accepting a scholarship to a Boston University whose Film and Film-Cartridge Studies Program was, he apparently maintained, full of quote Nasty Pootem Wooky Barn-Bams, unquote, whatever family-code pejorative this signified.

Reiterateandreiteratethattothebestofmyknowledgeandbelief I was Papping as best I could like my AndI before me palmam qui meruit ferat.

And though it seemed to be loyal to the Republic and to subscribe to its democracy, its leaders, as we have seen, were negotiating with the Nazis to give Hitler the chancellorship before they were outbid by Papen and the Nationalists.

He and the professor of so-called social sciences Cortes who foists the same predigested pap on our intelligent young students to stop them from saving themselves would be betteroffdead.

Then Papen had demanded emergency powers and Schleicher had opposed him and proposed that he himself form a majority government with the backing of the Nazis.

He went immediately to Hindenburg with the news, hoping that the President would fire Schleicher as Minister of Defense and retain Chancellor Papen - and indeed proposing that he do so.

Papen had expected, and when he and Schleicher went to see Hindenburg on the evening of December 1 he was sure that he would be reappointed Chancellor.

He called it effeminacy, a pap for children, himself drinking even our harsh, violent, illicit and unaged homemade corn whiskey without even a sip of water to follow it.

Except for occasional spells of depression he remained confident that he would achieve his goal - not by force and scarcely by winning a parliamentary majority, but by the means which had carried Schleicher and Papen to the top: by backstairs intrigue, a game that two could play.

When the boat touched at Falmouth, on August 30, the British authorities examined his luggage and found that he was carrying private letters and official despatches from Doctor Dumba the Austrian Ambassador at Washington, from Count Bernstorff the German Ambassador, and from Captain von Papen his military attache.