From Middle English wrappen (“to wrap, fold”), from Old English *wræppan, *wrappan, from Proto-Germanic *wrapp-, *wlapp- (“to wrap, turn, twist”), from Proto-Indo-European *werp-, *werb- (“to turn, twist, bend”). Compare Middle English wlappen (“to wrap, lap, fold”), Middle Dutch lappen (“to wrap up”). Akin to North Frisian wrappe (“to press into; stop up”), Danish dialectal vrappe (“to stuff”), Danish dialectal vravle (“to wind, wind around”), Middle Low German wrempen (“to wrinkle, scrunch the face”), Old Italian goluppare (“to wrap”) (from Germanic). Doublet of lap; related to envelop, develop.
wrap (third-person singular simple present wraps, present participle wrapping, simple past and past participle wrapped or (archaic) wrapt)
- (transitive) To enclose (an object) completely in any flexible, thin material such as fabric or paper.
- (transitive) To enclose or coil around an object or organism, as a form of grasping.
- (figuratively) To conceal by enveloping or enfolding; to hide.
- (transitive or intransitive, video production) To finish shooting (filming) a video, television show, or movie.
- (lines, words, text, etc.) To break a continuous line (of text) onto the next line
- (computing, transitive) To make functionality available through a software wrapper.
- (transitive) To (cause to) reset to an original value after passing a maximum.
From Middle English wrappe, from the verb (see above).
wrap (plural wraps)
- A garment that one wraps around the body to keep oneself warm.
- A type of food consisting of various ingredients wrapped in a tortilla or pancake.
- (entertainment) The completion of all or a major part of a performance.
- A wraparound mortgage.