Definition for rapping (2 of 3)
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
Definition for rapping (3 of 3)
verb (used with object), rapped or rapt, rap·ping. Archaic.
Origin of rap3
Examples from the Web for rapping
Rapping 101 is apparently not a class offered at Wesleyan University.Wesleyan Rap Genius: “We Have Girlfriends. How Can We Promote Sexual Assault?”|Olivia Nuzzi|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wrapping yourself in “serious” art is like rapping behind a Rothko.From Lady Gaga To Jay-Z, “Serious” Art Is Ruining Pop Music|James Poulos|November 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He goes old school in this video, rapping in front of a huge boom box.Miley Cyrus, Arcade Fire & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Victoria Kezra|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Six hours of rapping ‘Picasso Baby’ in a New York City art gallery.Jay-Z, a Toddler’s Fox News Revenge, McDiving & More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|July 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Anas Mohamed had just hung up the phone when he heard a rapping at the door.Egypt’s Vanished: Victims of State Security Force Kidnappings?|Alastair Beach|September 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"He—he's rapping on her door," whispered Buck, and remained fixed in place, his eyes staring straight before him.The Seventh Man|Max Brand
A moment later I was rapping at Mr. George Goodfellow's door.Poison Island|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
He put his mouth to the keyhole, first rapping at the door to command attention.Mark Mason's Victory|Horatio Alger
The rapping sounded muffled and dim in that sound-proof place.The Yellow Claw|Sax Rohmer
Ben approached the cabin and gave his signal by rapping on the door three times, and after a short pause three more raps.Biography of a Slave|Charles Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for rapping (1 of 3)
verb raps, rapping or rapped
- a fast, rhythmic monologue over a prerecorded instrumental track
- (as modifier)rap music
Derived Formsrapping, noun
Word Origin for rap
British Dictionary definitions for rapping (2 of 3)
Word Origin for rap
British Dictionary definitions for rapping (3 of 3)
Culture definitions for 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.)
Idioms and Phrases with rapping
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