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[frap] /fræp/
verb (used with object), frapped, frapping. Nautical.
to bind or wrap tightly with ropes or chains.
Origin of frap
1300-50; Middle English frappen < Old French fraper to strike, beat, probably < Germanic (compare Old Norse hrapa to hurl, hurry) Unabridged
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verb fraps, frapping, frapped
(transitive) (nautical) to lash down or together
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fraper to hit, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for frap

early 14c., from Old French fraper (12c., Modern French frapper) "to strike, hit beat," cognate with Italian frappare "to strike," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (cf. rap (n.)). Nautical sense of "bind tightly" is from 1540s. Related: Frapped; frapping.

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