Origin of rapt
Synonyms for rapt
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
Examples from the Web for rapt
Contemporary Examples of rapt
Ali walked up and hugged Gil, and the pair discussed music and racism and current events before a rapt audience.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
Golden Age-of-TV evangelists prate on about which glorified soap operas are most deserving of our rapt attention.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
The crowd in Powell's was rapt—when it wasn't doubled over in laughter.Reza Aslan’s Sweet Revenge
July 31, 2013
Iran's nuclear plan is progressing," he told a rapt audience, but added, "Iran is being careful not to cross any red lines.What The Head Of Israel's Military Intelligence Thinks Of Iran
March 14, 2013
Familiar with this horrendous chapter in history, the Israelis followed the commentary and exhibits mostly in rapt silence.Looking Each Other in the Eye
Emily L. Hauser
September 20, 2012
Historical Examples of rapt
Every woman will read the story of my life with rapt attention because of the Secret.The Bacillus of Beauty
That night, she lay awake for one rapt hour, and then she slept the sleep of conquerors.Tiverton Tales
Dorcas was alive to the rapt contagion, and her own blood thrilled.Meadow Grass
We stood in rapt contemplation for a few moments, and then walked away.Wilfrid Cumbermede
His ear drank in the voice of the tempest; he was rapt in attention to the roaring thunder.Imogen
Word Origin for rapt
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
late 14c., "carried away in an ecstatic trance," from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere "seize, carry off" (see rape (v.)). A figurative sense, the notion is of "carried up into Heaven (bodily or in a dream)," as in a saint's vision. Latin literal sense of "carried away" was in English from 1550s. In 15c.-17c. the word also sometimes could mean "raped." Sense of "engrossed" first recorded c.1500. As a past participle adjective, in English it spawned the back-formed verb rap "to affect with rapture," which was common c.1600-1750.
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