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[rap-er] /ˈræp ər/
a person or thing that raps or knocks.
the knocker of a door.
Slang. a person who chats or talks, especially freely.
a person who performs rap music, especially professionally.
Origin of rapper
1605-15; 1970-75, Americanism for def 3; rap1 + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rapper
  • Today he is a rapper and a rising star on the world music scene.
  • Test your knowledge of the rapper, producer, and businessman with this week's quiz.
  • To a casual listener, it may not be immediately obvious what makes one rapper better than another.
  • Happily, readers looking for a more carefully annotated collection of hip-hop lyrics can turn to an unlikely source: a rapper.
  • His admiration of the rapper-turned-actor, though, is genuine.
  • Now, the aging rapper has traded hammer pants for a career as a real estate guru.
  • Shield air was supplied to help prevent deposition of solids on the nozzles, and a rapper helped remove any solids that collected.
British Dictionary definitions for rapper


something used for rapping, such as a knocker on a door
a performer of rap music
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rapper

agent noun meaning "one who raps" in any sense (see rap (v.)). Before the hip-hpo performance sense emerged c.1979, it could mean "door-knocker" (1630s), "spirit-rapper" (1755), "professional perjurer" (1840), prison slang for "prosecutor" (1904), "itinerant antiques buyer," with a tinge of shadiness (1914). Rapster is from 1772.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rapper

rapper 1

  1. A person who charges or identifies another as a criminal (1904+)
  2. A judge or prosecutor (1904+)
  3. A crime for which someone not guilty has been punished: a couple of gang murders solved, but they were just rappers (1940+)



: rapper talk, which pulls in language from 40s hipsters, 60s hippies, and even cockney rhyming slang

  1. A person who converses and chats, esp a member of a rap (discussion) group (1960s+ Counterculture)
  2. The chanter of a rap song (1970s+ Black)
  3. A devotee of rap music and its attendant styles of dressing, dancing, etc: as rappers pick up on a little new wave style and make their moves (1970s+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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