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
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|Marcus Baram|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Golden Age-of-TV evangelists prate on about which glorified soap operas are most deserving of our rapt attention.
The crowd in Powell's was rapt—when it wasn't doubled over in laughter.
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|Ali Gharib|March 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Familiar with this horrendous chapter in history, the Israelis followed the commentary and exhibits mostly in rapt silence.
He looked from her to the rapt, weather-browned faces of his men.The Trail of Conflict|Emilie Baker Loring
The woman's eyes were rapt now, her hands tightly clenched, her lips parted, her cheeks a little flushed.A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
He ran the gamut of vocal conceit, and the polyglot fertility of his fancy simply astounded his rapt auditor.The Holy Cross and Other Tales|Eugene Field
The latter had taken up her latest novel, and was devouring it with rapt attention.Adrien Leroy|Charles Garvice
At the other end of the table I could see the German sitting silent and unnoticing, rapt in the joys of deglutition.Masterpieces of Mystery|Various
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