- deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
- transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.
- showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.
- carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.
Origin of rapt
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Examples from the Web for raptly
Raptly, they drink in the cunningly arranged open floor plan.Beyond Stainless
October 19, 2012
As he gazed at it raptly a scream from the girl aroused him.In the Morning of Time
Charles G. D. Roberts
The old lady in front lifted a frank handkerchief; the giggling girls were raptly watching.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
She had listened to him raptly, the pale light white upon her lifted face.Ann Arbor Tales
Karl Edwin Harriman
He stayed quite still, listening as raptly as some wandering night-beast to the indiscriminate stir and echoings of the darkness.The Return
Walter de la Mare
Raptly gazing at the child's innocent face, Paul softly croons some cradle melody.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
- totally absorbed; engrossed; spellbound, esp through or as if through emotionrapt with wonder
- characterized by or proceeding from rapturea rapt smile
- Also: wrapped Australian and NZ informal very pleased: delighted
Word Origin and History for raptly
late 14c., "carried away in an ecstatic trance," from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere "seize, carry off" (see rape (v.)). A figurative sense, the notion is of "carried up into Heaven (bodily or in a dream)," as in a saint's vision. Latin literal sense of "carried away" was in English from 1550s. In 15c.-17c. the word also sometimes could mean "raped." Sense of "engrossed" first recorded c.1500. As a past participle adjective, in English it spawned the back-formed verb rap "to affect with rapture," which was common c.1600-1750.