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1: not prepared or vigilant; "the blow caught him napping"; "caught in an off-guard moment"; "found him off his guard" [syn: napping, off-guard, off guard, off one's guard, off his guard, off her guard, off your guard] Nap Nap, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Napped; p. pr. & vb. n. Napping.] [OE. nappen, AS. hn[ae]ppian to take a nap, to slumber; cf. AS. hnipian to bend one's self, Icel. hnipna, hn[=i]pa, to droop.] 1. To have a short sleep; to be drowsy; to doze. --Chaucer. 2. To be in a careless, secure state. --Wyclif. I took thee napping, unprepared. --Hudibras. Napping Nap"ping, n. 1. The act or process of raising a nap, as on cloth. 2. (Hat Making) A sheet of partially felted fur before it is united to the hat body. --Knight.
To take any one napping; i.e. to come upon him unexpectedly, to find him asleep: as, He caught him napping, as Morse caught his mare.
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