Reap Definition

reaped, reaping, reaps
reaped, reaping, reaps
To cut (grain) with a scythe, sickle, or reaping machine.
Webster's New World
To reap a harvest, reward, etc.
Webster's New World
To gather (a crop, harvest, etc.) by cutting.
Webster's New World
To cut or harvest grain from (a field)
Webster's New World
To obtain as a result of effort.
She reaped large profits from her unique invention.
American Heritage
A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut.

Origin of Reap

  • Middle English repen, from Old English ripan, reopan, from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«panÄ… (compare West Frisian repe, German reifsen "˜to snatch', Norwegian ripa "˜to score, scratch'), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rep- "˜to snatch' (compare Latin rapere "˜to seize, plunder', Lithuanian aprépti 'to seize, embrace', Albanian rrjep "˜to peel, tear off', Ancient Greek ἐρέπτομαι (eréptomai, “I feed on")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English repen from Old English rīpan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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