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Definitions of SAPS

SAPS

Definitions

abbreviation for

  1. South African Police Service

sap1  (sæp

Definitions

noun

  1. a solution of mineral salts, sugars, etc, that circulates in a plant
  2. any vital body fluid
  3. energy; vigour
  4. (slang) a gullible or foolish person
  5. another name for sapwood

verb

Word forms:   saps,  sapping,  sapped
(transitive)
  1. to drain of sap

Derived Forms

ˈsapless  adjective

Word Origin

Old English sæp; related to Old High German sapf, German Saft juice, Middle Low German sapp, Sanskrit sabar milk juice

Synonyms

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= juice, essence, vital fluid, secretion, lifeblood, plant fluid
= fool, jerk (slang) (mainly US) ( & Canadian), idiot, noodle, wally (slang), wet (British) (informal), charlie (British) (informal), drip (informal), gull (archaic), prat (slang), plonker (slang), noddy, twit (informal), chump (informal), oaf, simpleton, nitwit (informal), ninny, nincompoop, dweeb (US) (slang), putz (US) (slang), wuss (slang), Simple Simon, weenie (US) (informal), muggins (British) (slang), eejit (Scottish) ( & Irish), thicko (British) (slang), dumb-ass (slang), gobshite (Irish) (taboo) (slang), numpty (Scottish) (informal), doofus (slang) (mainly US), nerd or nurd (slang), numskull or numbskull, dorba or dorb (Australian) (slang), bogan (Australian) (slang)

sap2  (sæp

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noun

  1. a deep and narrow trench used to approach or undermine an enemy position, esp in siege warfare

verb

Word forms:   saps,  sapping,  sapped
  1. to undermine (a fortification, etc) by digging saps
  2. (transitive) to weaken

Word Origin

C16 zappe, from Italian zappa spade, of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old Italian (dialect) zappo a goat

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