- 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit a hard object or surface several times quickly, making a noise (+ adv./prep.) She rapped angrily on the door. He rapped on the window with his stick. rap something (+ adv./prep.) He rapped the table with his pen.
- 2[transitive] rap something (out) | + speech to say something suddenly and quickly in a loud, angry way He walked through the store, rapping out orders to his staff.
- 3[transitive] rap somebody/something (for something/for doing something) (used mainly in newspapers) to criticize somebody severely, usually publicly Some of the teachers were rapped for poor performance.
- 4[intransitive, transitive] rap (something) (music) to say the words of a rap see also rapper Word Origin Middle English (originally in the senses ‘severe blow with a weapon’ and ‘deliver a heavy blow’): probably imitative and of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish rappa
BrE BrE//ræp//; NAmE NAmE//ræp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rap
BrE BrE//ræp//; NAmE NAmE//ræp//he / she / it raps
BrE BrE//ræps//; NAmE NAmE//ræps//past simple rapped
BrE BrE//ræpt//; NAmE NAmE//ræpt//past participle rapped
BrE BrE//ræpt//; NAmE NAmE//ræpt//-ing form rapping
BrE BrE//ˈræpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈræpɪŋ//