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rap

1

[ rap ]

verb (used with object)

, rapped, rap·ping.
  1. to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow:

    He rapped the door with his cane.

  2. to utter sharply or vigorously:

    to rap out a command.

  3. (of a spirit summoned by a medium) to communicate (a message) by raps (often followed by out ).
  4. Slang. to criticize sharply:

    Critics could hardly wait to rap the play.

  5. Slang. to arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime.
  6. Metallurgy. to jar (a pattern) loose from a sand mold.


verb (used without object)

, rapped, rap·ping.
  1. to knock smartly or lightly, especially so as to make a noise:

    to rap on a door.

  2. Slang. to talk or discuss, especially freely, openly, or volubly; chat.
  3. Slang. to talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music.

noun

  1. a quick, smart, or light blow:

    a rap on the knuckles with a ruler.

  2. the sound produced by such a blow:

    They heard a loud rap at the door.

  3. Slang. blame or punishment, especially for a crime.
  4. Slang. a criminal charge:

    a murder rap.

  5. Slang. response, reception, or judgment:

    The product has been getting a very bad rap.

  6. Slang.
    1. a talk, conversation, or discussion; chat.
    2. talk designed to impress, convince, etc.; spiel:

      a high-pressure sales rap.

rap

2

[ rap ]

noun

  1. the least bit; the smallest amount; jot; iota:

    I don't care a rap.

  2. a counterfeit halfpenny formerly passed in Ireland.

rap

3

[ rap ]

verb (used with object)

, Archaic.
, rapped or rapt, rap·ping.
  1. to carry off; transport.
  2. to transport with rapture.
  3. to seize for oneself; snatch.

rap

1

/ ræp /

verb

  1. See wrap
    informal.
    a variant spelling of wrap wrap


rap

2

/ ræp /

verb

  1. to strike (a fist, stick, etc) against (something) with a sharp quick blow; knock

    he rapped at the door

  2. intr to make a sharp loud sound, esp by knocking
  3. tr to rebuke or criticize sharply
  4. trfoll byout to put (forth) in sharp rapid speech; utter in an abrupt fashion

    to rap out orders

  5. slang.
    intr to talk, esp volubly
  6. intr to perform a rhythmic monologue with a musical backing
  7. rap over the knuckles
    rap over the knuckles to reprimand

noun

  1. a sharp quick blow or the sound produced by such a blow
  2. a sharp rebuke or criticism
  3. slang.
    voluble talk; chatter

    stop your rap

    1. a fast, rhythmic monologue over a prerecorded instrumental track
    2. ( as modifier )

      rap music

  4. slang.
    a legal charge or case
  5. beat the rap slang.
    beat the rap to escape punishment or be acquitted of a crime
  6. take the rap slang.
    take the rap to suffer the consequences of a mistake, misdeed, or crime, whether guilty or not

rap

3

/ ræp /

noun

  1. used with a negative the least amount (esp in the phrase not to care a rap )

rap

  1. A form of pop music characterized by spoken or chanted rhymed lyrics, with a syncopated, repetitive accompaniment. Rap music originated in the second half of the twentieth century in black urban communities. ( See also hip-hop .)


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Derived Forms

  • ˈrapping, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rap1

First recorded in 1300–50; 1960–65 rap 1fordef 8; Middle English verb rappen; akin to Swedish rappa “to beat, drub,” German rappeln “to rattle”; the senses “to talk” and “conversation, talk” are perhaps of distinct origin, though the hypothesis that these meanings are a shortening of repartee is questionable

Origin of rap2

First recorded in 1715–25; origin uncertain

Origin of rap3

First recorded in 1520–30; back formation from rapt

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rap1

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish rappa to beat

Origin of rap2

C18: probably from ropaire counterfeit coin formerly current in Ireland

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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. beat the rap, Slang. to succeed in evading the penalty for a crime; be acquitted:

    The defendant calmly insisted that he would beat the rap.

  2. take the rap, Slang. to take the blame and punishment for a crime committed by another:

    He took the rap for the burglary.

More idioms and phrases containing rap

In addition to the idiom beginning with rap , also see beat the rap ; bum rap ; not give a damn (rap) ; take the rap .

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Example Sentences

A marriage of the popular sound in rap with the romance Shakka himself wrote, this song is just in time for Valentine’s Day, and should be a proper introduction to this future king of the genre.

In later video trailers, the animated characters are seen singing, rapping and dancing alongside the real-life beings.

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Salt-N-Pepa, one of the top-selling music groups of all time and the first female rap group to go Platinum, helped define a generation.

An architect of the West Coast rap scene, his 1992 debut solo album, “The Chronic,” is considered one of the most important and influential albums of the era.

In recent years, the rap community has experienced this firsthand.

Pitchfork called him a “a rap-obsessed misfit from a summer camp who freestyles poorly” who is “ridiculous without knowing it.”

“Poor Steve Scalise is getting a bad rap,” Knight, a long-time aide to former KKK leader David Duke, told The Daily Beast.

And there are those who still have misgivings about exactly what “Christian rap” means.

The Communist Party of China gets a bad rap for cracking down on religion.

They joined forces to form the rap supergroup Run the Jewels.

He was in the midst of his reflections when there came a rap at his door, which the next moment was flung open.

"All they can rap and run for" is the more frequent colloquial version of this quaint phrase.

He gave to every syllable the value of a rap and certain words he terminated with an audible snap of his teeth.

Another rap, louder and more importunate, echoed through the large room.

Old Adam wanted two thousand dollars, they say, if he could only get them; but he could not, not a rap.

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