Origin of rapping
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 rappingknock, scold, palaver, spit, babble, jabber, converse, chitchat, discourse, chat, bark, chatter, talk, confabulate, reprobate, reprehend, skin, denounce, censure, blame
Examples from the Web for rapping
Contemporary Examples of rapping
Rapping 101 is apparently not a class offered at Wesleyan University.Wesleyan Rap Genius: “We Have Girlfriends. How Can We Promote Sexual Assault?”
June 6, 2014
Wrapping yourself in “serious” art is like rapping behind a Rothko.From Lady Gaga To Jay-Z, “Serious” Art Is Ruining Pop Music
November 24, 2013
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)
September 15, 2013
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
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?
September 18, 2012
Historical Examples of rapping
It was this moment that Letitia chose for rapping at the door.The Incomplete Amorist
I cried, rapping on the table; "the lady from England has the floor."In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
She cured me of it by rapping my knuckles with the handle of a silver-plated knife.The Plunderer
The rapping was repeated; this time with a much greater insistence.The Spoilers of the Valley
No sound is heard in the forest but the rapping on the trees.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children
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