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nappy (adj.)

"downy, having an abundance of nap on the surface," c. 1500, noppi, from nap (n.1) + -y (2). Earlier, of ale, "having a head, foamy" (mid-15c.), hence, in slang, "slightly intoxicated" (1721). Meaning "fuzzy, kinky," used in colloquial or derogatory reference to the hair of black people, is by 1950. Related: Nappiness.

nappy (n.)

British colloquial for "baby's diaper," 1927, from use of napkin in this sense. Related: Nappies.

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