rapping

[ rap-ing ]
/ ˈræp ɪŋ /

noun

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

Origin of rapping

1350–1400; Middle English. See rap1, -ing1

Definition for rapping (2 of 3)

rap1
[ rap ]
/ ræp /

verb (used with object), rapped, rap·ping.

verb (used without object), rapped, rap·ping.

noun

Origin of rap

1
1300–50; 1960–65 for def 8; Middle English rappen (v.), rap(p)e (noun); akin to Swedish rappa to beat, drub, German rappeln to rattle; senses “to talk,” “conversation, talk” perhaps of distinct orig., though the hypothesis that it is a shortening of repartee is questionable

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rap

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Definition for rapping (3 of 3)

rap3
[ rap ]
/ ræp /

verb (used with object), rapped or rapt, rap·ping. Archaic.

to carry off; transport.
to transport with rapture.
to seize for oneself; snatch.

Origin of rap

3
First recorded in 1520–30; back formation from rapt
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British Dictionary definitions for rapping (1 of 3)

rap1
/ (ræp) /

verb raps, rapping or rapped

noun

Derived forms of rap

rapping, noun

Word Origin for rap

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

British Dictionary definitions for rapping (2 of 3)

rap2
/ (ræp) /

noun

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

Word Origin for rap

C18: probably from ropaire counterfeit coin formerly current in Ireland

British Dictionary definitions for rapping (3 of 3)

rap3
/ (ræp) /

verb, noun

Australian informal a variant spelling of wrap (def. 8), wrap (def. 14)
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Cultural definitions for rapping

rap

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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Idioms and Phrases with rapping

rap

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