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Definition rap

Etymology 1

From Middle English rap, rappe, of North Germanic origin, related to Norwegian rapp (“a blow, strike, lash”), Swedish rapp (“a blow, lash, crack”), Danish rap (“a tap, smart, blow”). Compare Old English hreppan (“to touch, treat”). More at rape.


rap (countable and uncountable, plural raps)

  1. (countable) A sharp blow with something hard.
  2. (uncountable) Blame (for something), whether or not it results in a conviction.
  3. (informal) A casual talk
  4. (music, uncountable) Rap music.
  5. A song, verse, or instance of singing in the style of rap music.

Etymology 2

From Middle English rappen, of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish rappa (“to strike, beat, rap”), German rappeln (“to rattle”).


rap (third-person singular simple present raps, present participle rapping, simple past and past participle rapped)

  1. (intransitive) To strike something sharply with one's knuckles; knock.
  2. (transitive, dated) To strike with a quick blow; to knock on.
  3. (metalworking) To free (a pattern) in a mould by light blows on the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal.
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To speak (lyrics) in the style of rap music.
  5. (informal, intransitive) To talk casually.

Etymology 3



rap (plural raps)

  1. A lay or skein containing 120 yards of yarn.

Etymology 4

Perhaps contracted from rapparee.


rap (plural raps)

  1. (historical) Any of the tokens that passed current for a halfpenny in Ireland in the early part of the eighteenth century; any coin of trifling value.
  2. A whit; a jot.

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