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rap

noun \ ˈrap \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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
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
1 : to strike a quick sharp blow
2 : to make a short sharp sound

First Known Use of rap

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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rap

verb

Definition of rap

rapped also rapt play \ˈrapt\; rapping
1 : to snatch away or upward
2 : enrapture

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
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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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