verb (used with object), rapped, rap·ping.
verb (used without object), rapped, rap·ping.
- a talk, conversation, or discussion; chat.
- talk designed to impress, convince, etc.; spiel: a high-pressure sales rap.
Origin of rap1
verb (used with object), rapped or rapt, rap·ping. Archaic.
Origin of rap3
Related Words for rappedknock, scold, palaver, spit, babble, jabber, converse, chitchat, discourse, chat, bark, chatter, talk, confabulate, reprobate, reprehend, skin, denounce, censure, blame
Examples from the Web for rapped
Contemporary Examples of rapped
Now, just as avid an art collector, Jay Z spoke about the meeting of cultural worlds (and rapped about them) in “Picasso Baby”.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
As more rappers caught onto the trend, and rapped about it, the dance shifted to the mainstream.An Old Person's Guide to Twerking
May 3, 2013
The one good thing Christie delivered was the section on bipartisanship, where he sort of rapped the knuckles of his own party.More Thougts on Last Night: The Cuomo-Christie Comparison Is Meaningless
August 29, 2012
Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur—they all rapped about Glock, as have countless imitators.‘Glock’ by Paul Barrett: Interview and Excerpt
The Daily Beast
January 8, 2012
Historical Examples of rapped
Dozier rapped at the door, and the old man himself appeared.Way of the Lawless
He rapped at the door, and it was opened by Mrs. Bartlett, with some surprise.In the Midst of Alarms
It was wide open, and she rapped on it loudly, and then turned her back.Meadow Grass
There came no sound from within the room, so she rapped louder.Alice Adams
Miss Brewster made her way to the captain's room and rapped at the door.A Woman Intervenes
verb raps, rapping or rapped
- a fast, rhythmic monologue over a prerecorded instrumental track
- (as modifier)rap music
Word Origin for rap
Word Origin for rap
c.1300, "a quick, light blow, stroke," also "a fart" (late 15c.), native or borrowed from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish rap, Swedish rapp "light blow"); either way probably of imitative origin (cf. slap, clap).
Slang meaning "rebuke, blame, responsibility" is from 1777; specific meaning "criminal indictment" (cf. rap sheet, 1960) is from 1903. To beat the rap is from 1927. Meaning "music with improvised words" first in New York City slang, 1979 (see rap (v.2)).
mid-14c., "strike, smite, knock," from rap (n.). Related: Rapped; rapping. To rap (someone's) knuckles "give light punishment" is from 1749. Related: Rapped; rapping.
"talk informally, chat," 1929, popularized c.1965 in Black English, possibly first in Caribbean English and from British slang meaning "say, utter" (1879), originally "to utter a sudden oath" (1540s), ultimately from rap (n.). As a noun in this sense from 1898. Meaning "to perform rap music" is recorded by 1979. Related: Rapped; rapping.
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.)
In addition to the idiom beginning with rap
- rap someone's knuckles
- beat the rap
- bum rap
- not give a damn (rap)
- take the rap