verb (used with object), rapped, rapping.
to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow:
He rapped the door with his cane.
to utter sharply or vigorously:
to rap out a command.
(of a spirit summoned by a medium) to communicate (a message) by raps (often followed by out).
Slang. to criticize sharply:
Critics could hardly wait to rap the play.
Slang. to arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime.
Metallurgy. to jar (a pattern) loose from a sand mold.
verb (used without object), rapped, rapping.
to knock smartly or lightly, especially so as to make a noise:
to rap on a door.
Slang. to talk or discuss, especially freely, openly, or volubly; chat.
Slang. to talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music.
a quick, smart, or light blow:
a rap on the knuckles with a ruler.
the sound produced by such a blow:
They heard a loud rap at the door.
Slang. blame or punishment, especially for a crime.
Slang. a criminal charge:
a murder rap.
Slang. response, reception, or judgment:
The product has been getting a very bad rap.
beat the rap, Slang. to succeed in evading the penalty for a crime; be acquitted:
The defendant calmly insisted that he would beat the rap.
take the rap, Slang. to take the blame and punishment for a crime committed by another:
He took the rap for the burglary.
the least bit:
I don’t care a rap.
a counterfeit halfpenny formerly passed in Ireland.
verb (used with object), rapped or rapt, rapping. Archaic.
to carry off; transport.
to transport with rapture.
to seize for oneself; snatch.
verb raps, rapping, rapped
to strike (a fist, stick, etc) against (something) with a sharp quick blow; knock: he rapped at the door
(intransitive) to make a sharp loud sound, esp by knocking
(transitive) to rebuke or criticize sharply
(transitive) foll by out. to put (forth) in sharp rapid speech; utter in an abrupt fashion: to rap out orders
(intransitive) (slang) to talk, esp volubly
(intransitive) to perform a rhythmic monologue with a musical backing
rap over the knuckles, to reprimand
a sharp quick blow or the sound produced by such a blow
a sharp rebuke or criticism
(slang) voluble talk; chatter: stop your rap
(slang) a legal charge or case
(US & Canadian, slang) beat the rap, to escape punishment or be acquitted of a crime
(slang) take the rap, to suffer the consequences of a mistake, misdeed, or crime, whether guilty or not
(used with a negative) the least amount (esp in the phrase not to care a rap)
(Austral, informal) a variant spelling of wrap (sense 8), wrap (sense 14)
c.1300, “a quick, light blow, stroke,” also “a fart” (late 15c.), native or borrowed from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish rap, Swedish rapp “light blow”); either way probably of imitative origin (cf. slap, clap).
Slang meaning “rebuke, blame, responsibility” is from 1777; specific meaning “criminal indictment” (cf. rap sheet, 1960) is from 1903. To beat the rap is from 1927. Meaning “music with improvised words” first in New York City slang, 1979 (see rap (v.2)).
mid-14c., “strike, smite, knock,” from rap (n.). Related: Rapped; rapping. To rap (someone’s) knuckles “give light punishment” is from 1749. Related: Rapped; rapping.
“talk informally, chat,” 1929, popularized c.1965 in Black English, possibly first in Caribbean English and from British slang meaning “say, utter” (1879), originally “to utter a sudden oath” (1540s), ultimately from rap (n.). As a noun in this sense from 1898. Meaning “to perform rap music” is recorded by 1979. Related: Rapped; rapping.
A form of pop music characterized by spoken or chanted rhymed lyrics, with a syncopated, repetitive accompaniment. Rap music originated in the second half of the twentieth century in black urban communities. (See also hip-hop.)
beat the rap, take the rap
[origin unknown; perhaps related to repartee, perhaps to rapport, perhaps to rapid]
radiologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists
regulated all-paper system
recurrent abdominal pain
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[rap-skal-yuh n] /ræpˈskæl yən/ noun 1. a rascal; rogue; scamp. /ræpˈskæljən/ noun 1. a disreputable person; rascal or rogue n. 1690s, alteration of rascallion (1640s), a fanciful elaboration of rascal (q.v.). It had a parallel in now-extinct rampallion (1590s), from Middle English ramp (n.2) “ill-behaved woman.”
noun 1. a usually informal or unstructured group discussion, attended especially by people with shared interests, concerns, or problems. noun phrase
noun, Slang. 1. a record kept by law-enforcement authorities of a person’s arrests and convictions. noun 1. (mainly US & Canadian, informal) a police record of an individual’s criminal history noun phrase : Their rap sheets listed convictions for the possession or sale of controlled substances (1960+) Related Terms rapper1
[rapt] /ræpt/ adjective 1. deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener. 2. transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy. 3. showing or proceeding from : a rapt smile. 4. carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc. [rap] /ræp/ verb (used with object), rapped, rapping. 1. to strike, especially with a quick, smart, […]