kidnaper


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kid·nap

 (kĭd′năp′)
tr.v. kid·napped, kid·nap·ping, kid·naps or kid·naped or kid·nap·ing
To abduct or confine (a person) forcibly, by threat of force, or by deceit, without the authority of law.

[kid, child + nap, to snatch (perhaps variant of nab or of Scandinavian origin ).]

kid′nap·pee′, kid′nap·ee′ (kĭd′nă-pē′) n.
kid′nap′ n.
kid′nap′per, kid′nap′er n.
Word History: Kidnapper seems to have originated among those who perpetrate this crime. We know this because kid and napper, the two parts of the compound, were slang of the sort that criminals used. Kid, which still has an informal air, was considered low slang when kidnapper was formed, and napper is obsolete slang for a thief, coming from the verb nap, "to steal." Nap is possibly a variant of nab, which also still has a slangy ring. In the second half of the 1600s, when the word kidnapper begins to appear in English, kidnappers plied their trade to secure laborers for plantations in colonies such as the ones in North America. The term later took on the broader sense that it has today. The verb kidnap begins to be attested a bit later than kidnapper and is possibly a back-formation from kidnapper—that is, the suffix -er was removed from kidnapper to create a new verb kidnap.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kidnaper - someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)kidnaper - someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)
captor, capturer - a person who captures and holds people or animals
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
crimper, crimp - someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers
seizer, shanghaier - a kidnapper who drugs men and takes them for compulsory service aboard a ship
References in periodicals archive ?
Zubaidah Begum told the Jatli Police that kidnaper Rifaqat and his unidentified accomplices have abducted her Daughter in a Carry Van while she went outside the home to throw garbage in garbage bin.
Similarly another complainant Ramzan lodged a complaint with the Sadar Baironi Police that some unidentified kidnaper has abducted his daughter .
Police said that, Khurarianwala police team, conducted raid at a house in Chak No 229-RB and recovered an abducted boy, besides arresting kidnapers.