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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Origins unclear. Related to Middle Low German pappe, Dutch pap, Old French papa/pape, and Latin pappa, among others. The relationships between these words are difficult to reconstruct.

Noun

Singular
pap

Plural
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  1. (uncountable) Food in the form of a soft paste, often a porridge, especially as given to very young children.
    Pap and wors is traditionally eaten at a braai.
  2. (uncountable) (colloquial) Nonsense.
  3. (South African) porridge.

Adjective

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Positive
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  1. (South African slang): Spineless, wet, without character.
    • He is so pap and boring.
Translations

Etymology 2

Circa 12th century, possibly from an Old Norse source, but no possible etymons are recorded until much later. See also Latin papilla (nipple).

Noun

Singular
pap

Plural
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  1. (archaic) Female breast.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 98:
      they doe not onely weare jewels at their noses, in their lip and cheekes, and in their toes, but also big wedges of gold through their paps [tr. tetins] and buttocks [...].
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Etymology 3

Shortened form of Pap smear from Georgios Papanikolaou, American physician.

Noun

Singular
pap

Plural
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  1. Pap smear

Etymology 4

Adjective

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Positive
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  1. (South African slang): Flat
    • I got a puncture and the wheel went pap.

Etymology 5

From paparazzo

Verb

Infinitive
to pap

Third person singular
paps

Simple past
papped

Past participle
-

Present participle
papping

to pap (third-person singular simple present paps, present participle papping, simple past and past participle papped)
  1. (usually Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of a paparazzo, to take a surreptitious photograph of (someone, especially a celebrity) without their consent.
    Look, that pop star’s been papped in her bikini again!

Hungarian

Etymology

From a Slavonic language, compare pop.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈpɒp/

Noun

pap (plural papok)

  1. priest

Declension

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