* Some dictionaries suggest a Germanic source
* Some dictionaries suggest a
A frizzy mass of hair or fibre.
* 1895 , Hamlin Garland, Rose of Dutcher's Coolly , page 352:
A blurred image.
(computing) The random data used in fuzz testing.
(obsolete) A state of befuddlement.
* 1784 , Jonathan Swift, "Journal to Stella", The works of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Swift , page 54:
- His cheeks were like peaches, with much the same sort of fuzz over them.
- I think I'm in a fuzz , and don't know what I ?ay, I never ?aw the like.
To make fuzzy.
To become fuzzy.
(dated) To make drunk.
* 2009 , , 0:26:17:
- Let's get the hell out of here before the fuzz turns up
From (etyl) nappen, from (etyl) ).
A short period of sleep, especially one during the day
* See also
* dirt nap
See for collocations of nap
to have a nap; to sleep for a short period of time, especially during the day
to be off one's guard
- I took thee napping , unprepared.
- The regulators were caught napping by the financial collapse.
* catch napping
From (etyl) , from (etyl)
A soft or fuzzy surface on fabric or leather.
* 1591 , , by William Shakespeare
- I tell thee, Jack Cade the clothier means to dress the commonwealth, and turn it, and set a new nap upon it.
* 1939 , (Raymond Chandler), The Big Sleep , Penguin 2011, p. 37:
- On his long, gaunt body, he carried no spare flesh, no superfluous beard, his chin having a soft, economical nap' to it, like the worn ' nap of his broad-brimmed hat.
- There were low bookshelves, there was a thick pinkish Chinese rug in which a gopher could have spent a week without showing his nose above the nap .
to form or raise a soft or fuzzy surface on (fabric or leather)
* From the name of the French emperor Napoleon I of France (Bonaparte)
(British) A type of bet in British horse racing, based on the experts' best tips
(uncountable, games) A card game in which players take tricks; properly (Napoleon)
* go nap
possibly Scandanavian, cognate with nab, see Swedish
(obsolete) to grab; to nab
From (etyl) napper, from .
(cooking) To cover (something) with a sauce (usually in passive)
* 2006 , Wayne Gisslen, Mary Ellen Griffin, Professional Cooking for Canadian Chefs? :
- Vanilla ice cream topped with a poached or canned pear half, napped with chocolate sauce, and garnished with toasted sliced almonds.