Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


And by that time the water was beginning to lap up through the hatchway.

With its rough tongue the cat can lap up milk, and also clean its fur.

And the waves of men no longer broke from the woods to lap up and recede sullenly down the slope.

Wants to lap up keemy and nibbst fish at the Prince George for your din-din?

And now lap up thy sewing, child, for I see thy father coming in, and we will go down to hall.

At that they all hastened to discover some39 spots where it was possible to lap up a sufficient supply of the clear fluid.

Here she had two pails of milk, and with one hand in each let the calves find her fingers and so lap up the milk.

They give out a honey-like liquid, of which the ants are very fond, and lap up with great eagerness.

After three weeks they can be fed less frequently with a spoon, and can readily be taught to lap up the milk.

Why, they'd lap up dope till you couldn't tell 'em from a New York drug store.


Old English læppa (plural læppan) "skirt or flap of a garment," from Proto-Germanic *lapp- (cf. Old Frisian lappa, Old Saxon lappo, Middle Dutch lappe, Dutch lap, Old High German lappa, German Lappen "rag, shred," Old Norse leppr "patch, rag"), from PIE root *leb- "be loose, hang down."

Sense of "lower part of a shirt" led to that of "upper legs of seated person" (c.1300). Used figuratively ("bosom, breast") from late 14c.; e.g. lap of luxury, first recorded 1802. From 15c.-In 17c. the word (often in plural) was a euphemism for "female pudendum," but this is not the source of lap dance, which is first recorded 1993.

That this is pleasure and not torment for the client is something survivors of the late 20c. will have to explain to their youngers.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.