What Does NAP Mean in a Text?

NAP is an acronym meaning "Not a Problem." It is also a word which means "A Short Sleep." Here is more information about each of these definitions, together with examples of use.

Not a Problem

The acronym NAP means "Not a Problem." In this context NAP is used to express agreement with a request or suggestion. For example:
  • Les: I've gotta dash for five minutes. Can you cover for me?
  • Sam: NAP.
  • Jo: Meet me at the bar and I will fill you in on what's happening.
  • Fran: NAP.
NAP means exactly the same as abbreviations such as NP ("No Problem") and NPS ("No Problems").

A Short Sleep

As a word, NAP means to sleep for a brief period, usually during the day. For example:
  • Tommmi: I'm so tired. How am I going to make it through tonight's party?
  • Terri: Why don't you have a NAP before you go?
The word NAP derives from the old English word "hnappian," meaning sleep (which is thought to be of Germanic origin).

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When I write NAP, I mean this:

meaning of NAP

NAP also means "Not a Problem."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of NAP

"Not a Problem" is the most common definition for NAP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Definition:Not a Problem
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of NAP

NAP is also a word, which means "A Short Sleep."
Definition:A Short Sleep
Guessability:guessability level 1

1: Easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

An Academic Look at NAP

When used with the meaning "Not a Problem" NAP is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms contrast with initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "No Problem" instead of NAP. In the context of sleep, we might have said "40 winks" or "siesta" as well as NAP.

Example of NAP Used in a Text

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