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1 worthless or oversimplified ideas [syn: pablum]
2 a diet that does not require chewing; advised for those with intestinal disorders [syn: soft diet, spoon food]
3 the small projection of a mammary gland [syn: nipple, mammilla, mamilla, teat, tit]

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  • /pæp/
  • Rhymes with: -æp

Etymology 1

Origins unclear. Related to Middle Low German pappe, Dutch pap, Old French papa/pape, and Latin pappa, among others. The relationships between these words are difficult to reconstruct.


  1. Food in the form of a soft paste, often a porridge, especially as given to very young children.
    Pap and wors is traditionally eaten at a braai.
  2. Nonsense.
  3. (South African) porridge.


  1. (South African slang): Spineless, wet, without character.
    • He is so pap and boring.
soft food
(colloquial) nonsense

Etymology 2

Circa 12th century, possibly from an Old Norse source, but no possible etymons are recorded until much later. See also Latin papilla.


  1. Female breast.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 98:
      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 [tr. tetins] and buttocks [...].
female breast

Etymology 3

Shortened form of Pap smear from Georgios Papanikolaou, American physician.


  1. Pap smear

Etymology 4


  1. (South African slang): Flat
    • I got a puncture and the wheel went pap.

Etymology 5

From paparazzo


  1. (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!



From a language, compare pop.


hu-noun ok

Extensive Definition

PAP can mean:





Biology and medicine


  • Pablum, cereal for infants
  • pap, the ISO 639 individual language code for the Caribbean language of Papiamento or Papiamentu
  • Pap (food), type of South African food
  • Pap smear, method for detecting abnormalities in the cells of a woman's cervix
  • Personal auto policy, a vehicle insurance term
  • PAP, Principle of Alternate Possibilities, Philosophy of the Mind
  • Primes in arithmetic progression, prime numbers with the same difference
pap in Catalan: PAP
pap in Czech: PAP
pap in German: PAP
pap in Esperanto: PAP
pap in French: PAP
pap in Italian: PAP
pap in Dutch: PAP
pap in Japanese: PAP
pap in Polish: PAP
pap in Kölsch: PAP (Watt ėßß datt?)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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