[ frap ]

verb (used with object),frapped, frap·ping.Nautical.
  1. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frap in a sentence

  • Passing additional frapping-lines round the yards in very stormy weather.

    The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth
  • 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 frap


/ (fræp) /

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

Origin of frap

C14: from Old French fraper to hit, probably of imitative origin

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