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. 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
  • n. Pap smear
  • v. Of a paparazzo, to take a surreptitious photograph of (someone, especially a celebrity) without their consent.

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

  • To feed with pap.
  • 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.
  • 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


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)
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)
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)



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