from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. without a nap; worn or threadbare

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without nap; threadbare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no nap, as many textile fabrics.
  • Much worn; deprived of its nap by wear; threadbare.


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  • I threw caution to the wind and took a napless Michael.

    But Mommy, Where is the Panda?

  • This old man wears a hat, a thumbed and napless and yet an obdurate hat, which has never adapted itself to the shape of his poor head.

    Little Dorrit

  • A greasy hat it was, and a napless; impending over his eyes, cracked and crumpled at the brim, and with a wisp of pocket – handkerchief dangling out below it.

    Little Dorrit

  • Christian, the strangers fluffy and snuffy, and the stout men with the napless hats, congregate about it and sit upon everything within reach, mantel – pieces included, and begin to bid.

    Dombey and Son

  • Stout men with napless hats on, look out of the bedroom windows, and cut jokes with friends in the street.

    Dombey and Son

  • It had been neither strikingly new, nor utterly shabby, neither napless nor over-glossy, and might have passed for the hat of a frugally given owner, but its artificially prolonged existence had now reached the final stage, it was crumpled, forlorn, and completely ruined, a downright rag, a fitting emblem of its master.

    The Magic Skin

  • KayTar had a rough time adujsting between meds and we were both napless and night waking for a while.

    Wherever You Go, There You Are

  • I've got plenty that I could talk about, but we've been following a strict no-sleep regimen around here the better to keep up with the short-burst baby races and the long-distance speed-toddling and the free-style table climbing and all the other events that fill our napless days and I'm really only capable of sotto voce cursing and muttering and, for variety, threatening my husband.

    And then came the awkward silence...

  • Six years later, my son spent his quiet time at the window, longing to be outside with the napless one and shouting at passing cars.

    Firedoglake » Cheney and Rumsfeld vs. the CIA

  • The only excuse for a towel was a napless synthetic oblong that might have qualified as a hand towel on Heaven except for the fact that it was designed to shed water-not absorb it.

    Fall of Angels


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  • I think you need a nap.

    August 31, 2009

  • I read this too fast on the front page. I thought it said braless.

    August 28, 2009

  • "BRUTUS: I heard him swear,

    Were he to stand for consul, never would he

    Appear i' the market-place, nor on him put

    The napless vesture of humility;

    Nor, showing, as the manner is, his wounds

    To the people, beg their stinking breaths."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009