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rapping

[rap-ing] /ˈræp ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or sound of a person or thing that raps.
2.
communication by the sound of taps or knocks, as between medium and spirit during a séance.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See rap1, -ing1

rap1

[rap] /ræp/
verb (used with object), rapped, rapping.
1.
to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow:
He rapped the door with his cane.
2.
to utter sharply or vigorously:
to rap out a command.
3.
(of a spirit summoned by a medium) to communicate (a message) by raps (often followed by out).
4.
Slang. to criticize sharply:
Critics could hardly wait to rap the play.
5.
Slang. to arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime.
6.
Metallurgy. to jar (a pattern) loose from a sand mold.
verb (used without object), rapped, rapping.
7.
to knock smartly or lightly, especially so as to make a noise:
to rap on a door.
8.
Slang. to talk or discuss, especially freely, openly, or volubly; chat.
9.
Slang. to talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music.
noun
10.
a quick, smart, or light blow:
a rap on the knuckles with a ruler.
11.
the sound produced by such a blow:
They heard a loud rap at the door.
12.
Slang. blame or punishment, especially for a crime.
13.
Slang. a criminal charge:
a murder rap.
14.
Slang. response, reception, or judgment:
The product has been getting a very bad rap.
15.
Slang.
  1. a talk, conversation, or discussion; chat.
  2. talk designed to impress, convince, etc.; spiel:
    a high-pressure sales rap.
16.
Idioms
17.
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.
18.
take the rap, Slang. to take the blame and punishment for a crime committed by another:
He took the rap for the burglary.
Origin
1300-50; 1960-65 for def 8; Middle English rappen (v.), rap(p)e (noun); akin to Swedish rappa to beat, drub, German rappeln to rattle; senses “to talk,” “conversation, talk” perhaps of distinct orig., though the hypothesis that it is a shortening of repartee is questionable

rap3

[rap] /ræp/
verb (used with object), rapped or rapt, rapping. Archaic.
1.
to carry off; transport.
2.
to transport with rapture.
3.
to seize for oneself; snatch.
Origin
1520-30; back formation from rapt
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British Dictionary definitions for rapping

rap1

/ræp/
verb raps, rapping, rapped
1.
to strike (a fist, stick, etc) against (something) with a sharp quick blow; knock: he rapped at the door
2.
(intransitive) to make a sharp loud sound, esp by knocking
3.
(transitive) to rebuke or criticize sharply
4.
(transitive) foll by out. to put (forth) in sharp rapid speech; utter in an abrupt fashion: to rap out orders
5.
(intransitive) (slang) to talk, esp volubly
6.
(intransitive) to perform a rhythmic monologue with a musical backing
7.
rap over the knuckles, to reprimand
noun
8.
a sharp quick blow or the sound produced by such a blow
9.
a sharp rebuke or criticism
10.
(slang) voluble talk; chatter: stop your rap
11.
  1. a fast, rhythmic monologue over a prerecorded instrumental track
  2. (as modifier): rap music
12.
(slang) a legal charge or case
13.
(US & Canadian, slang) beat the rap, to escape punishment or be acquitted of a crime
14.
(slang) take the rap, to suffer the consequences of a mistake, misdeed, or crime, whether guilty or not
Derived Forms
rapping, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish rappa to beat

rap2

/ræp/
noun
1.
(used with a negative) the least amount (esp in the phrase not to care a rap)
Word Origin
C18: probably from ropaire counterfeit coin formerly current in Ireland

rap3

/ræp/
verb, noun
1.
(Austral, informal) a variant spelling of wrap (sense 8), wrap (sense 14)
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Word Origin and History for rapping
n.

c.1400, verbal noun from rap (v.1). Meaning "talking" is from 1969; meaning "rap music performance" is from 1979, from rap (v.2).

rap

n.

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)).

v.

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.

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rapping in Culture

rap definition


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.)

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Slang definitions & phrases for rapping

rap

noun
  1. A rebuke; blame; responsibility; knock: Who'll take the rap for this? (1777+)
  2. Arrest, indictment, or arraignment for a crime: Gangs with influence can beat about 90 percent of their ''raps'' (1903+)
  3. An official complaint or reprimand: Honest cops will often take a ''rap'' or complaint rather than testify against a fellow cop (1928+)
Related Terms

beat the rap, take the rap


rap

noun
  1. Informal talk; candid conversation and communion (1929+)
  2. rap song (1970s+ Black)
verb
  1. To converse; chat and exchange views, esp in a very candid way: drugs, youth cult, ecstasy questing, rapping (1929+)
  2. To chant a rap song (1970s+ Black)

[origin unknown; perhaps related to repartee, perhaps to rapport, perhaps to rapid]


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Related Abbreviations for rapping

RAP

recurrent abdominal pain
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Idioms and Phrases with rapping

rap

In addition to the idiom beginning with
rap
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