(noun, verb)


1. a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

Definition categories: man–made, device

2. drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas

Definition categories: man–made, drain, drainpipe

3. something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares

- the exam was full of trap questions

Similar word(s): snare

Definition categories: thought, design, plan

4. a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters

Definition categories: man–made

5. the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

Similar word(s): ambuscade, ambush

Definition categories: act

6. informal terms for the mouth

Similar word(s): cakehole, gob, hole, maw, yap

Definition categories: body, mouth

7. a light two-wheeled carriage

Definition categories: man–made, carriage, equipage, rig

8. a hazard on a golf course

Similar word(s): bunker

Definition categories: man–made, hazard

Sentences with trap as a noun:

- I put down some traps in my apartment to try and deal with the mouse problem.

- Unfortunately she fell into the trap of confusing biology with destiny.

- Close the trap, would you, before someone falls and breaks their neck.

- They shot out of the school gates like greyhounds out of the trap.

- Keep your trap shut.

- I've just laid a cable in trap 2 so I'd give it 5 minutes if I were you.


1. place in a confining or embarrassing position

- He was trapped in a difficult situation

Definition categories: social, confine, detain

2. catch in or as if in a trap

- The men trap foxes

Similar word(s): ensnare, entrap, snare, trammel

Definition categories: contact, capture, catch

3. hold or catch as if in a trap

- The gaps between the teeth trap food particles

Definition categories: contact, hold

4. to hold fast or prevent from moving

Similar word(s): immobilise, immobilize, pin

Definition categories: contact

Sentences with trap as a verb:

- to trap foxes

- to trap a drain;