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rap

noun \ ˈrap \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of rap

1 :a sharp blow or knock
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 a :the responsibility for or adverse consequences of an action
  • refused to take the rap
b :a criminal charge
c :a prison sentence

Origin and Etymology of rap

Middle English rappe


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rap

verb

Definition of rap

rapped; rapping
transitive verb
1 :to strike with a sharp blow
2 :to utter suddenly and forcibly
3 :to cause to be or come by raps
  • rap the meeting to order
4 :to criticize sharply
intransitive verb
1 :to strike a quick sharp blow
2 :to make a short sharp sound

First Known Use of rap

14th century


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rap

verb

Definition of rap

rapped also rapt play \ˈrapt\; rapping
transitive verb
1 :to snatch away or upward

Origin and Etymology of rap

back-formation from rapt


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rap

noun

Definition of rap

:a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) :the least bit
  • doesn't care a rap

Origin and Etymology of rap

perhaps from 1rap


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rap

verb

Definition of rap

rapped; rapping
intransitive verb
1 :to talk freely and frankly
2 :to perform rap music

Origin and Etymology of rap

perhaps from 1rap


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rap

noun

Definition of rap

1 :talk, conversation; also :a line of talk :patter
2 a :a type of music of African-American origin in which rhythmic and usually rhyming speech is chanted to a musical accompaniment
  • enjoys listening to rap
often used before another noun
  • rap music
  • a rap album/artist/song
b :a rap song
  • … the group mixes its usual raunch with mock news reports and anti-censorship raps
  • —Jon Pareles

First Known Use of rap

1967



RAP Defined for Kids

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rap

verb \ ˈrap \

Definition of rap for Students

rapped; rapping
:to give a quick sharp blow

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rap

noun

Definition of rap for Students

1 :a sharp blow or knock
2 :the blame or punishment for something
  • You did it, so you take the rap.

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rap

verb

Definition of rap for Students

rapped; rapping
1 :to talk freely and informally
2 :to perform rap music

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rap

noun

Definition of rap for Students

1 :an informal talk :chat
2 :a type of music that usually has a fast rhythm and in which words are spoken instead of sung


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