To Napp. v.a. [hnœppan, Saxon.] To sleep; to be drowsy or secure.
They took him napping in his bed. Hudibras, p. i.
A wolf took a dog napping at his master's door. L'Estran.
What is seriously related by Helmont, that foul linen, stopt in a vessel that hath wheat in it, will in twenty-one days time turn the wheat into mice; without conjuring, one may guess to have been the philosophy and information of some housewife, who had not so carefully covered her wheat, but that the mice could come at it, and were there taken napping, just when they had made an end of their good chear. Bentley's Sermons.