Nap vs Nep - What's the difference?

nap | nep |

As an initialism nap

is .

As a noun nep is

catmint, catnip; nepeta cataria .



Etymology 1

From (etyl) nappen, from (etyl) ).


(en noun)
  • A short period of sleep, especially one during the day
  • Synonyms
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * catnap * dirt nap
    See also
    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
  • * Hudibras
  • I took thee napping , unprepared.
    The regulators were caught napping by the financial collapse.
    Derived terms
    * catch napping
    * snooze * doze

    Etymology 2

    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.
  • *1851 ,
  • 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.
  • * 1939 , (Raymond Chandler), The Big Sleep , Penguin 2011, p. 37:
  • 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)
  • Etymology 3

    * From the name of the French emperor Napoleon I of France (Bonaparte)


    (en noun)
  • (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)
  • Derived terms
    * go nap

    Etymology 4

    possibly Scandanavian, cognate with nab, see Swedish


  • (obsolete) to grab; to nab
  • Derived terms
    * kidnap

    Etymology 5

    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.



    (wikipedia NEP)


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