- to enclose in something wound or folded about (often followed by up): She wrapped her head in a scarf.
- to enclose and make fast (an article, bundle, etc.) within a covering of paper or the like (often followed by up): He wrapped the package up in brown paper.
- to wind, fold, or bind (something) about as a covering.
- to protect with coverings, outer garments, etc. (usually followed by up).
- to cover (fingernails) with a sheer silk or linen fabric, as to repair or strengthen them.
- to surround, envelop, shroud, or hide.
- to fold or roll up.
- Movies, Television. to finish the filming of (a motion picture).
- to wrap oneself (usually followed by up).
- to become wrapped, as about something; fold.
- Movies, Television. to complete the filming of a motion picture: We hope to wrap in time for Christmas.
- something to be wrapped about the person, especially in addition to the usual indoor clothing, as a shawl, scarf, or sweater: an evening wrap.
- a beauty treatment in which a part or all of the body is covered with cream, lotion, herbs, or the like and then wrapped snugly with cloth.
- a sheer silk or linen fabric glued to the fingernails to repair or strengthen them.
- a piece of thin, flat bread wrapped around a filling and eaten as a sandwich.
- Movies, Television.
- the completion of photography on a film or an individual scene.
- the termination of a working day during the shooting of a film.
- wraparound in style: a wrap skirt.
- wrap up, to conclude; finish work on: to wrap up a project.
- under wraps, Informal. secret: The army wants this research project kept under wraps.
- wrapped up in,
- intensely absorbed in: wrapped up in one's work.
- involved in; bound up with: Peace is wrapped up in willingness to compromise.
Origin of wrap
Examples from the Web for wraps
Caitlin Dickson wraps up another week in fun from the fringe.Fringe Factor: South Carolina Mayor Won’t Apologize for Anti-Gay Rant
October 20, 2013
He wraps up the package neatly with selective stories, data, and research.Malcolm Gladwell In Five Minutes: What to Know to Pretend You’ve Read the New Book
October 5, 2013
The silhouette was classic Christopher Bailey, with coat dresses, wraps and pencil skirts predominating.Burberry Prorsum Spring/ Summer 2014
September 16, 2013
At the last moment, Levin abruptly bails out, makes everything go right again, and wraps it up with a happy ending.Must Read New Fiction: ‘Arcadia,’ ‘Men in Space,’ ‘The O’Briens,’ ‘Hot Pink’
Chloë Schama, Jacob Silverman, Wendy Smith, Daniel Roberts
March 23, 2012
I can tell you what he is going to say before she wraps her scarf dutifully around her hair to go meet the imam.All-American Muslim: Why Advertisers Are Right to Boycott
Asra Q. Nomani
December 15, 2011
Grace sprang from her chair and began slipping into her wraps.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
With that the Princess ran away and presently reappeared with her wraps on.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Miss Jennie sank gracefully into her own, and allowed him to adjust the wraps around her.A Woman Intervenes
These wraps seem glued to her—they form quite a breastplate.'His Masterpiece
He handed his wraps to this detective, dressed as an ordinary porter.A Nest of Spies
- to fold or wind (paper, cloth, etc) around (a person or thing) so as to cover
- (often foll by up) to fold paper, etc, around to fasten securely
- to surround or conceal by surrounding
- to enclose, immerse, or absorbwrapped in sorrow
- to fold, wind, or roll up
- (intr; often foll by about, around, etc) to be or become wound or extended
- to complete the filming of (a motion picture or television programme)
- Also called: rap (often foll by up) Australian informal to praise (someone)
- a garment worn wrapped around the body, esp the shoulders, such as a shawl or cloak
- short for wrapround (def. 5)
- a type of sandwich consisting of a tortilla wrapped round a filling
- mainly US wrapping or a wrapper
- British slang a small package of an illegal drug in powder forma wrap of heroin
- Also called: rap Australian informal a commendation
- the end of a working day during the filming of a motion picture or television programme
- the completion of filming of a motion picture or television programme
- keep under wraps to keep secret
- take the wraps off to reveal
Word Origin and History for wraps
early 14c., wrappen, of uncertain etymology, perhaps via Scandinavian (cf. Danish dialectal vravle "to wind"), ultimately from PIE *werp- "to turn, wind" (cf. Greek rhaptein "to sew"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Related: Wrapped; wrapping.
late 15c., "fine cloth used as a cover or wrapping for bread," from wrap (v.). As a type of women's garment, recorded from 1827. Meaning "end of a filming session" is attested from 1974. Figurative phrase under wraps "in concealment" is recorded from 1939.
Idioms and Phrases with wraps
In addition to the idiom beginning with wrap
- wrap up
- twist (wrap) around one's finger
- under wraps