To rap is to hit something, talk, or bust into rhymes like the Fat Boys in the rap song “Human Beat Box” (1984). That’s some old school Brooklyn rap, but you can rap to any beat you want. Hit it!

A rap is a knock or blow, like if you rap somebody upside the head as a gentle reminder to pay attention. The word rap also means, "reputation,” like if you get a bad rap at school for sleeping in class. It’s also "to talk at great length." And there’s the musical rap, the “genre that includes talking rhythmically over a beat.” This meaning comes from African American slang for, basically, "talking.”

Definitions of rap
  1. verb
    strike sharply
    rap him on the knuckles”
    synonyms: knap
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    rap with the knuckles
    type of:
    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
  2. verb
    make light, repeated taps on a surface
    synonyms: knock, pink, tap
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  3. noun
    the act of hitting vigorously
    synonyms: belt, knock, whack, whang
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    type of:
    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  4. noun
    a gentle blow
    synonyms: strike, tap
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    type of:
    blow, bump
    an impact (as from a collision)
  5. noun
    the sound made by a gentle blow
    synonyms: pat, tap
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    a series of rapid tapping sounds
    type of:
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  6. noun
    a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
    “it was a bum rap
    synonyms: blame
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    type of:
    a mild rebuke or criticism
  7. verb
    talk volubly
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    type of:
    speak, talk
    exchange thoughts; talk with
  8. verb
    perform rap music
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    type of:
    give a performance (of something)
  9. noun
    voluble conversation
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    type of:
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
  10. noun
    genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
    synonyms: hip-hop, rap music
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    type of:
    African-American music, black music
    music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
    popular music, popular music genre
    any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
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