As nouns the difference between sap and idiot
is that sap
is the juice of plants of any kind, especially the ascending and descending juices or circulating fluid essential to nutrition while idiot
is a person of low general intelligence.
As a verb sap
is to strike with a sap (with a blackjack).
As an initialism SAP
is initialism of Scientific Advisory Panel|lang=en.
From (etyl) sap, from (etyl) ), from *''sap 'to taste'. More at sage.
(uncountable) The juice of plants of any kind, especially the ascending and descending juices or circulating fluid essential to nutrition.
(uncountable) The sap-wood, or alburnum, of a tree.
(slang, countable) A simpleton; a saphead; a milksop; a naive person.
(terms derived from sap)
* crude sap
* elaborated sap
* sap ball
* sap green
* sap poison
* sap rot
* sap tube
Probably from sapling.
(countable, US, slang) A short wooden club; a leather-covered hand weapon; a blackjack.
(slang) To strike with a sap (with a blackjack).
From (etyl) saper (compare Spanish zapar and Italian zappare) from .
(military) A narrow ditch or trench made from the foremost parallel toward the glacis or covert way of a besieged place by digging under cover of gabions, etc.
* sap fagot
* sap roller
To subvert by digging or wearing away; to mine; to undermine; to destroy the foundation of.
(military) To pierce with saps.
To make unstable or infirm; to unsettle; to weaken.
* 1850 ,
- Nor safe their dwellings were, for sapped by floods, / Their houses fell upon their household gods.
To gradually weaken.
* to sap one’s conscience
To proceed by mining, or by secretly undermining; to execute saps — 12
- Ring out the grief that saps the mind
- Both assaults carried on by sapping .
* idjit, idget (eye dialect)
(pejorative) A person of low general intelligence.
(obsolete, medicine, psychology) A person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.
- usage note This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.
* See also