rap

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.”

Primary Meanings of rap

1.
vn
strike sharply
the act of hitting vigorously
2.
vn
talk volubly
voluble conversation
Full Definitions of rap
1

v strike sharply

rap him on the knuckles”
Synonyms:
knap
Types:
knock
rap with the knuckles
Type of:
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

v make light, repeated taps on a surface

Synonyms:
knock, pink, tap
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

n the act of hitting vigorously

Synonyms:
belt, knock, whack, whang
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

n a gentle blow

Synonyms:
strike, tap
Type of:
blow, bump
an impact (as from a collision)

n the sound made by a gentle blow

Synonyms:
pat, tap
Types:
pitter-patter
a series of rapid tapping sounds
Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

n a reproach for some lapse or misdeed

“it was a bum rap
Synonyms:
blame
Type of:
reproach
a mild rebuke or criticism
2

v talk volubly

Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with

v perform rap music

Type of:
perform
give a performance (of something)

n voluble conversation

Type of:
conversation
the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.

n 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
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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