This may be a stupid question, but would it be wrong to refer to my lap as my lap when I'm standing up? It doesn't sound right to me, but I don't really know what else to call it other than "quadriceps," which is really referring to the muscles, not my lap.


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No. When you stand up, your lap just becomes part of your legs.

lap - noun

the top surface of the upper part of the legs of a person who is sitting down:

  • Come and sit on my lap and I'll read you a story.

Cambridge Dictionary

  • What would you call it instead? Would "upper front thighs" work?
    – user3395
    Jan 5, 2017 at 18:17
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    You could call them that if you wanted to, I suppose.
    – Mick
    Jan 5, 2017 at 18:33
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    Yeah, I think "thighs" is probably the best general term. Maybe "front of the thighs" if you have to be specific.
    – stangdon
    Jan 5, 2017 at 19:19

As a noun it is a thing which has an implied purpose to sit or rest something on. As an adjective it is the general area on which something sits or rest. Lapped as a verb doesn't make sense. You can not lap or be lapped and that is the oddity.


I believe it becomes your

crotch - the part of the human body between the legs where they join the torso.

this also does depend on one's definition of "lap".

  • This is wrong. Let's use a pair of pants as a stand-in. The crotch is the top of the inseam and possibly the bottom of the fly. I wanted to avoid being vulgar, but let me be direct. The crotch is where a person's genitalia is.
    – TecBrat
    Oct 27, 2021 at 20:30

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