A rap group performing on stage.
- 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, rap′ping
- 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 beat (or take) the rap, escape (or receive) the blame or punishment, or bum rap, 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
a mild reprimand or light sentence
to say or utter sharply: to rap out an order
- in the early 18th cent., a counterfeit halfpenny in circulation in Ireland
- Informal the least bit: now usually in not care (or give) a rap, not care anything at all
Origin of rapfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbrapped or rapt, rap′ping
- to seize
- to transport with rapture: now only in the pp.
Origin of rapback-formation from rapt
verbrapped, 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.
To strike a quick light blow: rapped on the door.
- 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
The least bit: I don't give a rap about office politics. I don't care a rap what you do.
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, rap·ping, raps
- Slang To discuss something freely and at length.
- To perform rap music.
To perform as rap music: lyrics that were rapped; rapped the chorus of the song.
Origin of rapPossibly from rap 1
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