Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. camp fever
  • n. madness, eccentricity

Etymologies

From Deolali, a British army camp 100 miles north-east of Bombay where British soldiers would stay after finishing their tour of duty, to await transport back to Britain; and tap, a Persian or Urdu word for a malarial fever (ultimately from Sanskrit tapa ("heat” or “torment")) (Wiktionary)

Examples

Sorry, no example sentences found.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Very interesting; when I were a whelp crazy people were often described as tap or tapped. I assumed it was from the gesture of tapping the side of one's head to indicate mental instability in another.

    November 21, 2010

  • Hindustani tap, meaning fever.

    November 21, 2010

  • Somewhat of a cousin of cabin fever, from Deolali, a town in India, and Sanskrit tapa, 'heat or torment.' See World Wide Words.

    August 21, 2008