Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), frapped, frap·ping. . 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)
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Examples from the Web for frapping Historical Examples 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. British Dictionary definitions for frapping verb fraps, frapping or frapped (tr) 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 frap v.
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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