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rap

play
noun \ˈrap\

Definition of rap

  1. 1 :  a sharp blow or knock

  2. 2 a :  a sharp rebuke or criticism b :  a negative and often undeserved reputation or charge —often used with bum or bad <given a bum rap by the press>

  3. 3 a :  the responsibility for or adverse consequences of an action <refused to take the rap> b :  a criminal charge c :  a prison sentence



Origin of rap

Middle English rappe


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with rap


2

rap

verb,

Definition of rap

rappedrapping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike with a sharp blow

  3. 2 :  to utter suddenly and forcibly

  4. 3 :  to cause to be or come by raps <rap the meeting to order>

  5. 4 :  to criticize sharply

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to strike a quick sharp blow

  8. 2 :  to make a short sharp sound



14th Century

First Known Use of rap

14th century


3

rap

verb,

Definition of rap

rapped also rapt play \ˈrapt\ rapping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to snatch away or upward

  3. 2 :  enrapture



Origin of rap

back-formation from rapt


First Known Use: 1599


4

rap

noun

Definition of rap

  1. :  a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) :  the least bit <doesn't care a rap>



Origin of rap

perhaps from 1rap


First Known Use: 1834


5

rap

verb,

Definition of rap

rappedrapping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to talk freely and frankly

  3. 2 :  to perform rap music



Origin of rap

perhaps from 1rap


First Known Use: 1929


6

rap

noun

Definition of rap

  1. 1 :  talk, conversation; also :  a line of talk :  patter

  2. 2 a :  a rhythmic chanting often in unison of usually rhymed couplets to a musical accompaniment b :  a piece so performed



1967

First Known Use of rap

1967



RAP Defined for Kids

1

rap

play
verb \ˈrap\

Definition of rap for Students

rappedrapping

  1. :  to give a quick sharp blow




2

rap

play
noun

Definition of rap for Students

  1. 1 :  a sharp blow or knock

  2. 2 :  the blame or punishment for something <You did it, so you take the rap.>




3

rap

play
verb

Definition of rap for Students

rappedrapping

  1. 1 :  to talk freely and informally

  2. 2 :  to perform rap music




4

rap

play
noun

Definition of rap for Students

  1. 1 :  an informal talk :  chat

  2. 2 :  a type of music that usually has a fast rhythm and in which words are spoken instead of sung





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