What does rap mean?

Definitions for rap

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blame, rapnoun

    a reproach for some lapse or misdeed

    "he took the blame for it"; "it was a bum rap"

  2. rap, strike, tapnoun

    a gentle blow

  3. pat, rap, tapnoun

    the sound made by a gentle blow

  4. rapnoun

    voluble conversation

  5. rap, rap music, hip-hopnoun

    genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged

  6. knock, belt, rap, whack, whangverb

    the act of hitting vigorously

    "he gave the table a whack"

  7. rap, knapverb

    strike sharply

    "rap him on the knuckles"

  8. tap, rap, knock, pinkverb

    make light, repeated taps on a surface

    "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

  9. rapverb

    perform rap music

  10. rapverb

    talk volubly


  1. Rapverb

    To engage in a discussion, converse.

  2. Rapverb

    (ca. 1985) to perform a type of rhythmic talking, often with accompanying rhythm instruments. It is considered by some as a type of music; see rap music.

  3. Rapnoun

    conversation; also, rapping.

  4. Rapnoun

    (ca. 1985) a type of rhythmic talking, often with accompanying rhythm instruments; rap music.


  1. rapnoun

    A sharp blow with something hard.

    The teacher gave the wayward pupil a rap across the knuckles with her ruler.

  2. rapnoun

    Blame (for something).

    You can't act irresponsibly and then expect me to take the rap.

  3. rapnoun

    A casual talk

  4. rapnoun

    Rap music.

  5. rapnoun

    A song, verse, or instance of singing in the style of rap music.

  6. rapnoun

    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.

  7. rapverb

    To strike something sharply with one's knuckles; knock.

  8. rapverb

    To speak (lyrics) in the style of rap music.

  9. rapverb

    To talk casually.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rapnoun

    A quick smart blow.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    How comest thou to go with thy arm tied up? has old Lewis given thee a rap over thy fingers ends? Arbuthnot.

  2. To Rapverb

    Etymology: from rapio extra se, Lat.

    These are speeches of men, not comforted with the hope of that they desire, but rapped with admiration at the view of enjoyed bliss. Richard Hooker.

    Beholding the face of God, in admiration of so great excellency, they all adore him; and being rapt with the love of his beauty, they cleave inseparably for ever unto him. Hook.

    What, thus raps you? are you well? William Shakespeare.

    The government I cast upon my brother,
    And to my state grew stranger, being transported
    And rapt in secret studies. William Shakespeare.

    You’re rapt in some work, some dedication
    To the great lord. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    I’m rapt with joy to see my Marcia’s tears. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    It is impossible duly to consider these things, without being rapt into admiration of the infinite wisdom of the divine architect. George Cheyne, Philosophical Principles.

    Rapt into future times, the bard begun,
    A virgin shall conceive, a virgin bear a son! Alexander Pope.

    Let heav’n seize it, all at once ’tis fir’d,
    Not touch’d, but rapt; not waken’d, but inspir’d. Alexander Pope.

    He leaves the welkin way most beaten plain,
    And rapt with whirling wheels, inflames the skyen,
    With fire not made to burn, but fairly for to shyne. F. Q.

    Underneath a bright sea flow’d
    Of jasper, or of liquid pearl, whereon
    Who after came from earth, sailing arriv’d
    Wafted by angels, or flew o’er the lake
    Rap’d in a chariot drawn by fiery steeds. John Milton.

    Standing on earth, not rapt above the pole. John Milton.

  3. To Rapverb

    To strike with a quick smart blow.

    Etymology: hræppan ,Saxon.

    Knock me at this gate
    And rap me well, or I’ll knock your knave’s pate. William Shakespeare.

    With one great peal they rap the door,
    Like footmen on a visiting day. Matthew Prior.

    He was provoked in the spirit of magistracy, upon discovering a judge, who rapped out a great oath at his footman. Addison.


  1. rap

    Rap, often associated with hip-hop music, is a spoken or chanted form of vocal delivery that incorporates rhymes and rhythmic speech. It's typically combined with backing beats and sometimes accompanied with musical instrument. It is both a performance and a cultural movement encompassing various styles and themes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rapnoun

    a lay or skein containing 120 yards of yarn

  2. Rapverb

    to strike with a quick, sharp blow; to knock; as, to rap on the door

  3. Rapverb

    to strike with a quick blow; to knock on

  4. Rapverb

    to free (a pattern) in a mold by light blows on the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal

  5. Rapnoun

    a quick, smart blow; a knock

  6. Rap

    to snatch away; to seize and hurry off

  7. Rap

    to hasten

  8. Rap

    to seize and bear away, as the mind or thoughts; to transport out of one's self; to affect with ecstasy or rapture; as, rapt into admiration

  9. Rap

    to exchange; to truck

  10. Rapnoun

    a popular name for any of the tokens that passed current for a half-penny in Ireland in the early part of the eighteenth century; any coin of trifling value

  11. Etymology: [Perhaps contr. fr. raparee.]


  1. Rap

    "Rap" is an album by Explicit Samourai. For the musical style, please see Rap music (/en/rap_music).

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rap

    rap, n. a sharp blow: a knock, or a sound made by knocking: a counterfeit coin current in Ireland for a halfpenny in the time of George I.—hence, 'Not worth a rap.'—v.t. and v.i. to strike with a quick blow: to knock: to utter sharply, as to rap out a lie: to swear falsely:—pr.p. rap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. rapped.—n. Rap′per, one who raps: a door-knocker. [Scand., as Dan. rap; imit.]

  2. Rap

    rap, v.t. to seize and carry off: to transport out of one's self: to affect with rapture:—pr.p. rap′ping; pa.p. rapped or rapt. [Scand., as Ice. hrapa, to rush headlong, cog. with Ger. raffen, to snatch.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. rapverb

    To rap, rhythmic talklike singing. "Some sing it or rap it" -- Public Enemy (Prophets Of Rage)

Editors Contribution

  1. rapverb

    The Sun God and principle deity of advanced placement. Broadcasting real or fake entertainment.

    Rap is the mirror of someone's definition to their identification of being around daily.

    Etymology: Soul Testimony

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 12, 2024  

Suggested Resources

  1. RAP

    What does RAP stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the RAP acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Anagrams for rap »

  1. APR

  2. Apr.

  3. apr

  4. ARP

  5. arp

  6. PAR

  7. Par

  8. par

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rap in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of rap in a Sentence

  1. Sheriff Grady Judd:

    There’s no rap music in jail.

  2. Hina Talib:

    I think teenagers get a bad rap, we often think of them as risky little devils. It does come from some element of truth.

  3. Julia Zumpano:

    It's given a bad rap as being high in sugar.

  4. Organizer Felecia Outsey:

    We're motivating everybody to overcome violence through expression, let's rap about life. Let's rap about love. Let's rap about hope. Let's rap about your pains and what you need, and let's get you an audience.

  5. Ryerson Professor-In-Residence Dalton Higgins:

    When you have these two Black Canadian artists from Toronto who are performing rap, RB and pop, and are arguably on their way to becoming billionaires at some point in the future, there is a lot to learn from them.

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