(US black) kinky hair.
|Jest of Fate (1903) 72: You say dat you couldn’t git a paih of sheahs thoo a niggah’s naps.|
|‘I Would Not Marry A Black Girl’ in Negro Folk Rhymes 56: I wouldn’ marry a black gal, / I’ll tell you de reason why: / When she goes to comb dat head / De naps’ll ’gin to fly.|
|House of Fury (1959) 117: If you live on the hill and got straight hair so you don’t have to get your naps busted and kin marry a yella fella and git your pitcher in the paper, sassiety, then you can chew the fat all day long.|
|AS XXXII:4 277: naps. Kinky hair.‘Vernacular of the Jazz World’ in|
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 29: This cat had a lot more on his mind than snipping naps and knotting up doo-rags.‘Atomic Dog’ in|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 14: I wondered why my thick, unyielding naps couldn’t be straight and supple.|