View synonyms for rapping


[ rap-ing ]


  1. the act or sound of a person or thing that raps. rap.
  2. communication by the sound of taps or knocks, as between medium and spirit during a séance.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rapping1

1350–1400; Middle English. See rap 1, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

This is evident in Jeen-Yuhs when Donda, unprompted, starts performing one of Kanye’s earliest high school raps, which starts out, “It’s cool to be known for my rapping ability.”

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Then Eminem decided he wanted in on some of the mean-spirited misogyny, actually rapping about raping Iggy.

The posterior metaphor clicked, and she began rapping about being “no size 2.”

Accordingly, she walks up to Pratt and begins rapping her flirting in the terrifying cadence of Nicki Minaj.

Rapping 101 is apparently not a class offered at Wesleyan University.

Even rapping rivals Shug Knight and Tupac Shakur rented one year…at the same time.

He had their undivided attention in a moment, without the rapping of Miss Carringtons hard knuckle on the table top.

Not many days later, Old Man Winter returned, and again came rapping at their lodge.

And just then the cab suddenly stopped, and there was his persecutor rapping on the front glass.

A half-hour later, De la Riviere came rapping at the Cure's door.

The next minute he was the Big Boss again, rapping out his orders as if he had just pushed his desk button to call us in.