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[ frap ]
/ fræp /

verb (used with object), frapped, frap·ping. Nautical.

to bind or wrap tightly with ropes or chains.

Nearby words

franz josef i, franz josef land, franz joseph, franz joseph ii, françaix, frap, frape, frappe, frappé, frascati, frasch process

Origin of frap

1300–50; Middle English frappen < Old French fraper to strike, beat, probably < Germanic (compare Old Norse hrapa to hurl, hurry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frap

  • I'm not much in that line myself, but don't you think maybe an odd word wouldn't be some help like in this frap?

    A Dream of the North Sea|James Runciman
  • Frap the first and riding turns together on each side with sennit.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
  • Come, come; dunna fly up in a frap; a body conno carry oytch mander o' think eh their nob.

  • FRAP allows mnemonic symbols to be used for the instructions.

British Dictionary definitions for frap


/ (fræp) /

verb fraps, frapping or frapped

(tr) nautical to lash down or together

Word Origin for frap

C14: from Old French fraper to hit, probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper