Origins unclear. Related to (etyl) pappe, Dutch pap, Old French papa/pape, Latin pappa, Bulgarian , among others. The relationships between these words are difficult to reconstruct.
(uncountable) Food in the form of a soft paste, often a porridge, especially as given to very young children.
(uncountable, colloquial) Nonsense.
(South Africa) Porridge.
- Pap can be made from bread boiled in milk or water.
(informal, derogatory) support from official patronage
- Pap and wors are traditionally eaten at a braai.
The pulp of fruit.
- Treasury pap
(slang, South Africa) Spineless, wet, without character.
* He is so pap and boring.
(obsolete) To feed with pap.
- (Beaumont and Fletcher)
(etyl) pappe, of uncertain origin. Perhaps form (etyl) papilla; or perhaps compare Old (etyl) .
* Bible, Luke xi. 27
* , II.xii:
- the paps which thou hast sucked
*, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.98:
- But th'other rather higher did arise, / And her two lilly paps aloft displayd, / And all, that might his melting hart entise / To her delights, she vnto him bewrayd.
- 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 .
A rounded, nipple-like hill or peak.
- Adrianus the Emperour made his Physition to marke and take the just compasse of the mortall place about his pap , that so his aime might not faile him, to whom he had given charge to kill him.
Shortened form of Pap smear from , American physician.
- I got a puncture and the wheel went pap .
(usually, in the passive) 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!
Contraction of pavilion.
* 1954 , , According to Jennings ,
- “It?s no good hanging around here. I vote we nip round to the back of the pav ,” Jennings suggested. “We might be able to see Mr Findlater and wave to him through the window.”
* 2000 , , The Whole Hog ,
- They scurried round to the rear of the building where a row of windows overlooked a deserted part of the cricket ground.
* 2008 , Fionn Davenport, Dublin City Guide , Lonely Planet,
- Up goes the finger and the Dodo snaps to attention, rams the bat under his arm (subaltern with swagger stick) and retreats to the pav with a slowness intended as silent comment on a poor decision.
- One of the most enjoyable drinking experiences in town can be had on a pleasant summer?s day on the balcony of the Pav , the cricket pavilion overlooking Trinity?s playing fields.
Contraction of pavlova. Australian from 1966.
(Australia, New Zealand, informal)
* 2003 , Stephen Downes, Advanced Australian Fare: How Australian Cooking Became the World?s Best ,
* 2011 , Neil Perry, Rockpool Bar & Grill: Desserts ,
- Bert Sachse experimented for a month to create the perfect pav .
* 2011 , , Suzanne Gibbs, Margaret Fulton Favourites ,
- I?m totally biased but I think this is the best pav' in the world. It also does nothing to clear up the argument that the ' pav is in fact from New Zealand and not Australia.
- Pavlova, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, is still just about the most popular party dessert in Australia.The following recipe was given to me by a churchgoer who won acclaim for her ‘pavs ’ and made at least five a week for members of the congregation.
* pav bhaji