trap

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noun

verb (used with object), trapped, trap·ping.

verb (used without object), trapped, trap·ping.


Origin of trap

1
before 1000; Middle English trappe (noun), trappen (v.), Old English træppe (noun), cognate with Middle Dutch trappe (Dutch trap) trap, step, staircase; akin to Old English treppan to tread, German Treppe staircase
Related formstrap·like, adjective

Synonyms for trap

1, 2. T rap , 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 temptress' snare.

trap

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[trap]

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
1300–50; Middle English trappe (noun), trappen (v.) < ?
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Related Words for trapped

cornered

Examples from the Web for trapped

Contemporary Examples of trapped

Historical Examples of trapped

  • He had been defied, trapped, made a victim of the gang who had killed his most valued informer.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But it is like enough that he trapped a wood-chuck now and then, or caught a white-fish with the rest.

  • I'll not be trapped this way by her and let her off without a squeal.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • I might be trapped in my sleep by an induced somnambulistic conversation.

  • Charlie peeped warily, was trapped at it, and opened his eyes resignedly.

    Flamedown

    Horace Brown Fyfe


British Dictionary definitions for trapped

trap

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noun

a mechanical device or enclosed place or pit in which something, esp an animal, is caught or penned
any device or plan for tricking a person or thing into being caught unawares
anything resembling a trap or prison
a fitting for a pipe in the form of a U-shaped or S-shaped bend that contains standing water to prevent the passage of gases
any similar device
a device that hurls clay pigeons into the air to be fired at by trapshooters
any one of a line of boxlike stalls in which greyhounds are enclosed before the start of a race
a light two-wheeled carriage
a slang word for mouth
golf an obstacle or hazard, esp a bunker
(plural) jazz slang percussion instruments
(usually plural) Australian obsolete, slang a policeman

verb traps, trapping or trapped

(tr) to catch, take, or pen in or as if in a trap; entrap
(tr) to ensnare by trickery; trick
(tr) to provide (a pipe) with a trap
to set traps in (a place), esp for animals
Derived Formstraplike, adjective

Word Origin for trap

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

trap

2

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

trap

3

traprock

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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Word Origin and History for trapped

trap

n.

"contrivance for catching unawares," late Old English træppe "snare, trap," from Proto-Germanic *trap- (cf. Middle Dutch trappe "trap, snare"), related to Germanic words for "stair, step, tread" (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German trappe, treppe, German Treppe "step, stair"). Probably akin to Old French trape, Spanish trampa "trap, pit, snare," but the exact relationship is uncertain. The connecting notion seems to be "that on which an animal steps." Sense of "deceitful practice, trickery" is first recorded c.1400. Sense in speed trap recorded from 1906. Slang meaning "mouth" is from 1776. Trap door "door in a floor or ceiling" (often hidden and leading to a passageway or secret place) is first attested late 14c.

trap

v.

c.1400, "ensnare (an animal), catch in a trap; encircle; capture," from trap (n.) or from Old English betræppan. Figurative use is slightly earlier (late 14c.). Related: Trapped; trapping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with trapped

trap

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

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