Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To take up (drink or food) with the tongue; to drink by licking up.
  • transitive verb To accept or enjoy enthusiatically and uncritically.

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  • verb To consume by lapping
  • verb idiomatic To revel in, to overtly enjoy

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  • verb take up with the tongue

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  • "Lapping up a word, I get the feeling that my mind just doesn't exist for the world." – Oswald Wiener, die verbesserund des mitteleuropa, tr. Joachim Neugroschel, quoted in Christopher Middleton, Bolshevism in Art (Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1978), p. 13.

    December 1, 2007