(noun, verb)


1. a reproach for some lapse or misdeed

- it was a bum rap

Similar word(s): blame

Definition categories: communication, reproach

2. a gentle blow

Similar word(s): strike, tap

Definition categories: event, blow, bump

3. the sound made by a gentle blow

Similar word(s): pat, tap

Definition categories: event, sound

4. voluble conversation

Definition categories: communication, conversation

5. 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

Definition categories: communication

6. the act of hitting vigorously

Similar word(s): belt, knock, whack, whang

Definition categories: act, blow

Sentences with rap as a noun:

- The teacher gave the wayward pupil a rap across the knuckles with her ruler.

- You can't act irresponsibly and then expect me to take the rap.

- I don't care a rap.

- That's not worth a rap.


1. strike sharply

- rap him on the knuckles

Similar word(s): knap

Definition categories: contact, strike

2. make light, repeated taps on a surface

Similar word(s): knock, pink, tap

Definition categories: perception, go, sound

3. perform rap music

Definition categories: creation, perform

4. talk volubly

Definition categories: communication, speak, talk

Sentences with rap as a verb:

- He started to rap after listening to the Beastie Boys

- He rapped a song to his girlfriend.