Definition of


  1. (noun, body) the upper side of the thighs of a seated person
  2. (noun, state) an area of control or responsibility
  3. (noun, artifact) the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs
  4. (noun, artifact) a flap that lies over another part
  5. (noun, act) movement once around a course
  6. (noun, act) touching with the tongue
  7. (verb, stative) lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another
  8. (verb, contact) pass the tongue over
  9. (verb, perception) move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound
    The curtain swooshed open
  10. (verb, consumption) take up with the tongue
    the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast
  11. (verb, change) wash or flow against

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Origin of the word Lap

  1. O.E. l?ppa "skirt or flap of a garment," from P.Gmc. *lapp- (cf. M.Du. lappe, O.H.G. lappa, Ger. Lappen "rag, shred," O.N. leppr "patch, rag"), from PIE base *leb- "be loose, hang down." In 17c. the word was a euphemism for "female pudenda." Sense of "lower part of a shirt" led to that of "upper legs of seated person" (late 13c.)… more
  2. "take up liquid with the tongue," from O.E. lapian, from P.Gmc. *lapajanan (cf. O.H.G. laffen "to lick," O.S. lepil, Ger. L?ffel "spoon"), from PIE imitative base *lab- (cf. Gk. laptein "to sip, lick," L. lambere "to lick"). Meaning "splash gently" first recorded 1823, based on similarity of sound. more
  3. "to lay one part over another," early 13c., from lap (n.). The sense of "to get a lap ahead (of someone) on a track" is from 1847, on notion of "overlapping." The noun meaning "a turn around a track" (1861) is from this sense. Related: Lapped; lapping; laps. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Lap

l-p, lab, lap up, lapp, lav, lava, lavabo, lave, lay off, lay up, lay-by, lay-up, layby, layoff, layup, lb, lbf., leaf, leafy, leap, leave, leave off, leipoa, leppy, lev, levee, levi, levy, lf, li po, libby, libya, lief, life, life buoy, lifo, lip

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