rap

noun (1)
\ ˈrap \

Definition of rap 

(Entry 1 of 6)

1 : a sharp blow or knock

2a : 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

3a : the responsibility for or adverse consequences of an action refused to take the rap

b : a criminal charge

c : a prison sentence

rap

verb (1)
rapped; rapping

Definition of rap (Entry 2 of 6)

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

rap

verb (2)
rapped also rapt\ˈrapt \; rapping

Definition of rap (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : to snatch away or upward

2 : enrapture

rap

noun (2)

Definition of rap (Entry 4 of 6)

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

rap

verb (3)
rapped; rapping

Definition of rap (Entry 5 of 6)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk freely and frankly

2 : to perform rap music

rap

noun (3)

Definition of rap (Entry 6 of 6)

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

2a : 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 musica 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

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1834, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rap

Noun (1)

Middle English rappe

Verb (2)

back-formation from rapt

Noun (2)

perhaps from rap entry 1

Verb (3)

perhaps from rap entry 1

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More Definitions for rap

rap

verb
\ ˈrap \
rapped; rapping

Kids Definition of rap

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to give a quick sharp blow

rap

noun

Kids Definition of rap (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a sharp blow or knock

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

rap

verb
rapped; rapping

Kids Definition of rap (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : to talk freely and informally

2 : to perform rap music

rap

noun

Kids Definition of rap (Entry 4 of 4)

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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