a strong snuff made from dark, rank tobacco leaves.

Origin of rappee

1730–40; < French râpé grated (past participle of râper); see rape3
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Historical Examples of rappee

  • Those fresh supplies of little scandals were as fresh pinches of rappee to the arid nostril all athirst for dust.

    The Collector

    Henry T. Tuckerman

  • His waistcoat was low in the neck, and had flap pouches, wherein he kept his mull for rappee, and his tobacco-box.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch

    David Macbeth Moir

  • "Senor, this snuff will not pass in Spain" (it was French rappee); and after turning it out on the ground he gave me back the box.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • One day he happened to blend Dutch and rappee and poured the mixture into a drawer labelled 37.

  • Likewise, I came to carry a snuff-box, and to consume in secret huge quantities of rappee.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for rappee



a moist English snuff of the 18th and 19th centuries

Word Origin for rappee

C18: from French tabac râpé, literally: scraped tobacco, from râper to scrape; see rape ³, rasp 1
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