deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.
showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.
carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.

Origin of rapt

1350–1400; Middle English (past participle of rapen to carry off, abduct, rape) < Latin raptus seized, carried off (past participle of rapere), equivalent to rap- (see rape1) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsrapt·ly, adverbrapt·ness, noun
Can be confusedrapped rapt wrapped wrapt

Synonyms for rapt

2. ecstatic, spellbound, bewitched.
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Examples from the Web for raptly

Contemporary Examples of raptly

  • Raptly, they drink in the cunningly arranged open floor plan.

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    Megan McArdle

    October 19, 2012

Historical Examples of raptly

  • As he gazed at it raptly a scream from the girl aroused him.

    In the Morning of Time

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • The old lady in front lifted a frank handkerchief; the giggling girls were raptly watching.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • She had listened to him raptly, the pale light white upon her lifted face.

    Ann Arbor Tales

    Karl Edwin Harriman

  • He stayed quite still, listening as raptly as some wandering night-beast to the indiscriminate stir and echoings of the darkness.

    The Return

    Walter de la Mare

  • Raptly gazing at the child's innocent face, Paul softly croons some cradle melody.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

British Dictionary definitions for raptly




totally absorbed; engrossed; spellbound, esp through or as if through emotionrapt with wonder
characterized by or proceeding from rapturea rapt smile
Derived Formsraptly, adverb

Word Origin for rapt

C14: from Latin raptus carried away, from rapere to seize; see rape 1




Also: wrapped Australian and NZ informal very pleased: delighted
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Word Origin and History for raptly



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.

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