rap Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "rap" - English Dictionary

See all translations

rapnoun

uk   us   /ræp/

rap noun (MUSIC)

A2 [U] a type of popular music with a strong rhythm in which the words are spoken, not sung: a rap artist/star

rap noun (PUNISHMENT)

[C or U] mainly US slang a statement accusing someone of a crime, or the punishment that someone is given for a crime: He always said he was jailed on a bum rap (= false accusation). The police caught him, but somehow he managed to beat the rap (= escape punishment). I'm not going to take the rap for you (= be punished for something you did).

rap noun (JUDGMENT)

[C] US slang a judgment or a reaction: The new show got a bum/bad rap (= was severely criticized) in all the papers.

rap noun (HIT)

[C] a sudden short noise, especially one made by hitting a hard surface: There was a series of raps on the window.

rapverb

uk   us   /ræp/ (-pp-)

rap verb (HIT)

[I or T] to hit or say something suddenly and forcefully: She rapped (on) the table to get everyone's attention. The colonel rapped (out) an order to his men. [T] to criticize someone, especially officially: The headline read "Judge raps police".

rap verb (MUSIC)

[I] to perform rap
(Definition of rap from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rap?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “rap” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
athlete

a person who is very good at sports or physical exercise, especially one who competes in organized events

Word of the Day

When’s dinner? (Words for different meals)
When’s dinner? (Words for different meals)
by Kate Woodford,
July 22, 2015
Here at ‘About Words’ we’re always happy to get ideas for posts that we could write. A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on the language of meals and we thought this an excellent idea. If you are reading this post and have an idea for a topic or

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More