nep

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See also: Nep, NEP, nép, nếp, and Nep.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English neppe, nepe, nepte, nept, from Old English nepte, nefte, from Latin nepeta. Compare Dutch neppe, nippe (catnip).

Alternative forms[edit]

  • nip (dialectal)

Noun[edit]

nep (usually uncountable, plural neps)

  1. Catmint, catnip; Nepeta cataria.
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio 2007, p. 201:
      Nep is generally used for women to procure their courses, being taken inwardly or outwardly, either alone or with other convenient herbs in a decoction to bathe them, of sit over the hot fumes thereof.

Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps a variant of nap for knap, from Middle English knep, kneppe, knappe, a conflation of Old English cnep, cnæp, cnæpp (top, knop, summit) and Old Norse knappr (knob), both from Proto-Germanic *knappaz, *knappô (knob), from Proto-Indo-European *gnebʰ- (to press, tighten), from Proto-Indo-European *gen- (to pinch, squeeze, bend, press together, ball). Compare also Old Norse hnappr (button). Related to knob.

Noun[edit]

nep (plural neps)

  1. (Britain, dialect) A knot in a fibre of cotton.

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Ainu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ne (interrogatory root) +‎ p (thing). See nekon, nen.

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Pronoun[edit]

nep (Kana spelling ネㇷ゚)

  1. (interrogative) what

Usage notes[edit]

Less common than hemanta.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Nepp.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /nɛp/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: nep
  • Rhymes: -ɛp

Noun[edit]

nep m (uncountable)

  1. imitation, fake

Adjective[edit]

nep (comparative nepper, superlative nepst)

  1. fake, not real
  2. artificial, not natural

Inflection[edit]

Some Dutch speakers may consider attributive use of this adjective informal. Thus, the inflected form neppe is not very commonly used in more formal language. In such language, the word is used more often in compounds formed by prefixing with nep-. The predicative and partitive forms are used normally.

Inflection of nep
uninflected nep
inflected neppe
comparative nepper
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial nep nepper het nepst
het nepste
indefinite m./f. sing. neppe neppere nepste
n. sing. nep nepper nepste
plural neppe neppere nepste
definite neppe neppere nepste
partitive neps neppers

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

nep

  1. Alternative form of nap (drinking bowl)