- The definition of a rap is a light knock, tapping sound or criticism, or a style of music where lyrics are spoken or chanted with reoccurring musical beats.
- An example of a rap is a tapping at the door.
- An example of rap is the style of Eminem's music.
- Rap is defined as to hit quickly and sharply, or to speak or chant lyrics to a song with a reoccurring beat.
- An example of to rap is to strike a desk with a ruler.
- An example of to rap is for Eminem to perform.
transitive verbrapped, rapping
- to strike quickly and sharply; tap
- ☆ Slang to criticize sharply
Origin of rapMiddle English rappen, probably of echoic origin, originally
- to knock quickly and sharply
- ☆ to perform rap or a rap
- ☆ Slang to talk; chat
- ☆ Slang to talk seriously and frankly with another or others, often in an informal setting
- a quick, sharp knock; tap
- ☆ Slang blame or punishment, as a prison sentence: usually in , escape (or receive) the blame or punishment, or , unfair blame or punishment
- ☆ Slang a talking; chat
- ☆ Slang a serious, frank talk
- a kind of popular music in which rhymed verses are chanted or declaimed to the accompaniment of forceful and repetitive rhythms, played usually on drums or synthesizersalso rap music
- a rap song or recording
- a kind of popular music in which rhymed verses are chanted or declaimed to the accompaniment of forceful and repetitive rhythms, played usually on drums or synthesizers
rap on the knuckles
- in the early 18th cent., a counterfeit halfpenny in circulation in Ireland
- Informal the least bit: now usually in , not care anything at all
Origin of rap; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
verbrapped rapped, rap·ping, raps
- To hit sharply and swiftly; strike: rapped the table with his fist.
- To utter sharply: rap out a complaint.
- To criticize or blame.
- A quick light blow or knock.
- A knocking or tapping sound.
- Slang a. A reprimand.b. A sentence to serve time in prison.
- Slang A negative quality or characteristic associated with a person or an object.
Origin of rapMiddle English rappen, possibly of imitative origin.
Origin of rapFrom obsolete rap, 18th-century Irish counterfeit halfpenny, from Irish Gaelic, alteration (possibly influenced by rap, piece, bit) of ropaire, cutthroat; see rapparee.
- Slang A talk, conversation, or discussion.
- a. A form of popular music developed especially in African-American urban communities and characterized by spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics with a strong rhythmic accompaniment.b. A composition or performance of such music.
verbrapped rapped, rap·ping, raps
- Slang To discuss something freely and at length.
- To perform rap music.
Origin of rapPossibly from rap1.
(countable and uncountable, plural raps)
- (countable) A sharp blow with something hard.
- The teacher gave the wayward pupil a rap across the knuckles with her ruler.
- (uncountable) Blame (for something).
- You can't act irresponsibly and then expect me to take the rap.
- (informal) A casual talk
- (uncountable) Rap music.
- A song, verse, or instance of singing in the style of rap music.
- (informal, dated) Any of the tokens that passed current for a halfpenny in Ireland in the early part of the eighteenth century; thus, any coin of trifling value.
- Many counterfeits passed about under the name of raps. — Swift.
- Tie it [her money] up so tight that you can't touch a rap, save with her consent. — Mrs. Alexander.
From Middle English rap, rappe, of North Germanic origin, related to Norwegian rapp (“a blow, strike, lash”), Swedish rapp (“a blow, lash, crack”), Danish rap (“a tap, smart, blow”). Compare Old English hreppan (“to touch, treat”). More at rape.
(third-person singular simple present raps, present participle rapping, simple past and past participle rapped)
- (intransitive) To strike something sharply with one's knuckles; knock.
- (dated) To strike with a quick blow; to knock on.
- (metalworking) To free (a pattern) in a mould by light blows on the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal.
- (intransitive) To speak (lyrics) in the style of rap music.
- He started to rap after listening to the Beastie Boys
- He rapped a song to his girlfriend.
- (informal, intransitive) To talk casually.