Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Midland U.S. A teat or nipple.
  • n. Something resembling a nipple.
  • n. Soft or semiliquid food, as for infants.
  • n. Material lacking real value or substance: TV shows that offer nothing but pap.
  • n. Slang Money and favors obtained as political patronage: "self-seeking politicians primarily interested in patronage, privilege, and pap” ( Fiorello H. La Guardia).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Pap smear
  • v. Of a paparazzo, to take a surreptitious photograph of (someone, especially a celebrity) without their consent.
  • n. Food in the form of a soft paste, often a porridge, especially as given to very young children.
  • n. Nonsense.
  • n. Porridge.
  • adj. Spineless, wet, without character.
  • v. To feed with pap.
  • adj. : Flat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nipple; a mammilla; a teat.
  • n. A rounded, nipplelike hill or peak; anything resembling a nipple in shape; a mamelon.
  • n. A soft food for infants, made of bread boiled or softened in milk or water.
  • n. Any speech, writing, or idea lacking substance, or of trivial content; oversimplified, trite, or worthless ideas.
  • n. Nourishment or support from official patronage.
  • n. The pulp of fruit.
  • transitive v. To feed with pap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A teat; a nipple; the breast of a woman.
  • n. A conical hill resembling a nipple or teat: as, the Paps of Jura (an island west of Scotland.).
  • n. Soft food for infants, usually made of bread boiled or softened with water or milk.
  • n. Hence The emoluments of public office, as salaries, fees, or perquisites.
  • n. The pulp of fruit, or pulp of any kind.
  • To feed with pap.
  • n. Papa; father.
  • n. A short cylindrical projection used to furnish a hold for the lathe-center on a easting which is to be turned; a socket; a tit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the small projection of a mammary gland
  • n. a diet that does not require chewing; advised for those with intestinal disorders
  • n. worthless or oversimplified ideas

Etymologies

Middle English pappe, probably from Latin papilla; see papilla.
Middle English, from Old French papa, from Latin, children's word for food.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)
Shortened form of Pap smear from Georgios Papanikolaou, American physician. (Wiktionary)
From paparazzo (Wiktionary)
Origins unclear. Related to Middle Low German pappe, Dutch pap, Old French papa/pape, Latin pappa, Bulgarian папам ("to eat") and Serbo-Croatian папати/papati ("to eat"), among others. The relationships between these words are difficult to reconstruct. (Wiktionary)

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