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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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  • Then he drove them, as before with gun or Bible, but this time with rum; drove them to the task of frapping the leaking ship.

    Beggars on Horseback F. Tennyson Jesse
British Dictionary definitions for frapping


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 frapping



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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Slang definitions & phrases for frapping



Wretched; accursed; damn, fucking: I need a frapping medic like a hole in the head

[1960s+; a euphemism for fucking]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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