Nappy vs. Diaper - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Diaper

    A diaper (American English and Canadian English) or a nappy (Australian English and British English) is a type of underwear that allows the wearer to defecate or urinate without the use of a toilet, by absorbing or containing waste products to prevent soiling of outer clothing or the external environment. When diapers become soiled, they require changing, generally by a second person such as a parent or caregiver. Failure to change a diaper on a sufficiently regular basis can result in skin problems around the area covered by the diaper. Diapers are made of cloth or synthetic disposable materials. Cloth diapers are composed of layers of fabric such as cotton, hemp, bamboo, microfiber, or even plastic fibers such as PLA or PU, and can be washed and reused multiple times. Disposable diapers contain absorbent chemicals and are thrown away after use. Diapers are primarily worn by infants, toddlers who are not yet potty trained, and by children who experience bedwetting. They are also used by adults with incontinence, in certain circumstances where access to a toilet is unavailable or for psychological reasons. These can include those of advanced age, patients bed-bound in a hospital, individuals with certain types of physical or mental disability, diaper fetishists, and people working in extreme conditions, such as astronauts. It is not uncommon for people to wear diapers under dry suits.

Wiktionary

  • Nappy (noun)

    An absorbent garment worn by a baby who does not yet have voluntary control of his or her bladder and bowels or by someone who is incontinent; a diaper.

  • Nappy (noun)

    A shallow, flat-bottomed earthenware or glass bowl with sloping sides.

  • Nappy (noun)

    A kind of strong ale; nappy ale.

  • Nappy (verb)

    To put a nappy on.

    "The mother nappied the baby."

  • Nappy (adjective)

    Having a nap (of cloth etc.); downy; shaggy.

  • Nappy (adjective)

    Of hair: tightly curled or twisted; frizzy Afro]] textured hair

  • Nappy (adjective)

    Inclined to sleep; sleepy.

  • Nappy (adjective)

    Foamy; having a large head.

  • Nappy (adjective)

    Nervous, excitable.

  • Nappy (adjective)

    brittle

  • Diaper (noun)

    A textile fabric having a diamond-shaped pattern formed by alternating directions of thread.

  • Diaper (noun)

    A towel or napkin made from such fabric.

  • Diaper (noun)

    An toilet trained, or by an older person who is incontinent; a nappy.

  • Diaper (noun)

    The diamond pattern associated with diaper textiles.

  • Diaper (noun)

    Surface decoration of any sort which consists of the constant repetition of one or more simple figures or units of design evenly spaced.

  • Diaper (verb)

    To put diapers on someone.

    "Diapering a baby is something you have to learn fast."

  • Diaper (verb)

    To draw flowers or figures, as upon cloth.

Webster Dictionary

  • Nappy (adjective)

    Inclined to sleep; sleepy; as, to feel nappy.

  • Nappy (adjective)

    Tending to cause sleepiness; serving to make sleepy; strong; heady; as, nappy ale.

  • Nappy (adjective)

    Having a nap or pile; downy; shaggy.

  • Nappy (noun)

    A round earthen dish, with a flat bottom and sloping sides.

  • Nappy (noun)

    A diaper{4}.

  • Diaper (noun)

    Any textile fabric (esp. linen or cotton toweling) woven in diaper pattern. See 2.

  • Diaper (noun)

    Surface decoration of any sort which consists of the constant repetition of one or more simple figures or units of design evenly spaced.

  • Diaper (noun)

    A towel or napkin for wiping the hands, etc.

  • Diaper (noun)

    An infant's breechcloth.

  • Diaper

    To ornament with figures, etc., arranged in the pattern called diaper, as cloth in weaving.

  • Diaper

    To put a diaper on (a child).

  • Diaper (verb)

    To draw flowers or figures, as upon cloth.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Nappy (noun)

    garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement

  • Nappy (adjective)

    in small tight curls

  • Diaper (noun)

    garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement

  • Diaper (noun)

    a fabric (usually cotton or linen) with a distinctive woven pattern of small repeated figures

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