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/ træp /
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noun
verb (used with object), trapped, trap·ping.
verb (used without object), trapped, trap·ping.
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Origin of trap

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English trappe (noun), trappen (verb), Old English træppe (noun), cognate with Middle Dutch trappe (Dutch trap ) “trap, step, staircase”; akin to Old English treppan “to tread,” German Treppe “staircase”

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1, 2. Trap , pitfall , snare apply to literal or figurative contrivances for deceiving and catching animals or people. Literally, a trap is a mechanical contrivance for catching animals, the main feature usually being a spring: a trap baited with cheese for mice. Figuratively, trap suggests the scheme of one person to take another by surprise and thereby gain an advantage: a trap for the unwary. A pitfall is (usually) a concealed pit arranged for the capture of large animals or of people who may fall into it; figuratively, it is any concealed danger, error, or source of disaster: to avoid the pitfalls of life. A snare is a device for entangling birds, rabbits, etc., with intent to capture; figuratively, it implies enticement and inveiglement: the snare of selfishness.

OTHER WORDS FROM trap

trap·like, adjective

Other definitions for trap (2 of 4)

trap2
[ trap ]
/ træp /

noun
traps, Informal. personal belongings; baggage.
verb (used with object), trapped, trap·ping.
to furnish with or as with trappings; caparison.

Origin of trap

2
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English trappe (noun), trappen (verb); of unknown origin

Other definitions for trap (3 of 4)

trap3
[ trap ]
/ træp /

noun Geology.
any of various fine-grained, dark-colored igneous rocks having a more or less columnar structure, especially some form of basalt.
Also called traprock.

Origin of trap

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First recorded in 1785–95; from Swedish trapp, variant of trappa “stair” (so named from the stepped appearance of their outcrops), from Middle Low German trappe; see trap1

Other definitions for trap (4 of 4)

trap4
[ trap ]
/ træp /

noun Scot.
a ladder or ladderlike device used to reach a loft, attic, etc.

Origin of trap

4
First recorded in 1750–60; from Dutch: “stepladder”; see trap1
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British Dictionary definitions for trap (1 of 3)

trap1
/ (træp) /

noun
verb traps, trapping or trapped

Derived forms of trap

traplike, adjective

Word Origin for trap

Old English træppe; related to Middle Low German trappe, Medieval Latin trappa

British Dictionary definitions for trap (2 of 3)

trap2
/ (træp) /

noun
an obsolete word for trappings (def. 2)
verb traps, trapping or trapped
(tr often foll by out) to dress or adorn
See also traps

Word Origin for trap

C11: probably from Old French drap cloth

British Dictionary definitions for trap (3 of 3)

trap3

traprock

/ (træp) /

noun
any fine-grained often columnar dark igneous rock, esp basalt
any rock in which oil or gas has accumulated

Word Origin for trap

C18: from Swedish trappa stair (from its steplike formation); see trap 1
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Other Idioms and Phrases with trap

trap

see fall into a trap; mind like a steel trap.

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