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verb (used with object), frapped, frap·ping. Nautical.
  1. to bind or wrap tightly with ropes or chains.
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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 frap

Historical Examples

  • 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 allows mnemonic symbols to be used for the instructions.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for frap


verb fraps, frapping or frapped
  1. (tr) nautical to lash down or together
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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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