pap

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Origins unclear. Related to Middle Low German pappe, Dutch pap, Old French papa/pape, Latin pappa, Bulgarian папам (papam, to eat) and Serbo-Croatian папати/papati (to eat), among others. The relationships between these words are difficult to reconstruct.

Noun[edit]

pap (plural paps)

  1. (uncountable) Food in the form of a soft paste, often a porridge, especially as given to very young children.
    Pap can be made from bread boiled in milk or water.
  2. (uncountable, colloquial) Nonsense.
  3. (South Africa) Porridge.
    Pap and wors are traditionally eaten at a braai.
  4. (informal, derogatory) support from official patronage
    Treasury pap
  5. The pulp of fruit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ainsworth to this entry?)

Adjective[edit]

pap (comparative more pap, superlative most pap)

  1. (slang, South Africa) Spineless, wet, without character.
    • He is so pap and boring.
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Verb[edit]

pap (third-person singular simple present paps, present participle papping, simple past and past participle papped)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To feed with pap.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English pappe, of uncertain origin. Perhaps form Latin papilla; or perhaps compare Old Swedish papp (breast, nipple), from Proto-Germanic *pap- (nipple), of imitative origin, or from Proto-Indo-European *pap- (pock mark, nipple); Swedish dialectal papp, pappe, Swedish patt, Danish patte, North Frisian pap, pape, papke (breast, pap).

Noun[edit]

pap (plural paps)

  1. (now archaic) A female breast or nipple. [from 13th c.]
    • Bible, Luke xi. 27
      the paps which thou hast sucked
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.xii:
      But th'other rather higher did arise, / And her two lilly paps aloft displayd, / And all, that might his melting hart entise / To her delights, she vnto him bewrayd [].
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.98:
      they doe not onely weare jewels at their noses, in their lip and cheekes, and in their toes, but also big wedges of gold through their paps [transl. tetins] and buttocks [].
  2. (now rare, archaic) A man's breast. [from 15th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.13:
      Adrianus the Emperour made his Physition to marke and take the just compasse of the mortall place about his pap, that so his aime might not faile him, to whom he had given charge to kill him.
  3. A rounded, nipple-like hill or peak.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)
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Etymology 3[edit]

Shortened form of Pap smear from Georgios Papanikolaou, American physician.

Noun[edit]

pap (plural paps)

  1. Pap smear

Etymology 4[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

pap (comparative more pap, superlative most pap)

  1. (South African slang) Flat.
    I got a puncture and the wheel went pap.

Etymology 5[edit]

From paparazzo

Verb[edit]

pap (third-person singular simple present paps, present participle papping, simple past and past participle papped)

  1. (usually in the passive) Of a paparazzo, to take a surreptitious photograph of (someone, especially a celebrity) without their consent.
    Look, that pop star’s been papped in her bikini again!

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Dutch[edit]

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Noun[edit]

pap m (plural pappen, diminutive papje n)

  1. mush
  2. porridge

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Verb[edit]

pap

  1. first-person singular present indicative of pappen
  2. imperative of pappen

Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a Slavic language, compare Serbo-Croatian pop, Russian поп (pop, priest), or from Romanian popă [1]

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pap (plural papok)

  1. priest

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 'popă' in August Scriban, 'Dicționaru limbii românești', Editura Institutului de Arte Grafice „Presa Bună”, Bucharest, 1939

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Rafsi[edit]

pap

  1. rafsi of panpi.