rap VERB (rapped, rapping) 1) strike (a hard surface) with a series of rapid audible blows. 2) strike sharply. 3) informal rebuke or criticize sharply. 4) (usu. rap out) say something sharply or suddenly. 5) perform rap music.
NOUN 1) a quick, sharp knock or blow. 2) informal a rebuke or criticism. 3) a type of popular music of US black origin in which words are recited rapidly and rhythmically over an instrumental backing. 4) informal, chiefly N. Amer. an impromptu talk or discussion. 5) informal, chiefly N. Amer. a criminal charge: a murder rap.
beat the rap — Cf. ↑beat the rap
take the rap — Cf. ↑take the rap
DERIVATIVES rapper noun.
ORIGIN probably imitative and Scandinavian.

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