|Origin:||Perhaps from repartee|
|Origin:||Probably from the sound|
a type of popular music in which the words of a song are not sung, but spoken in time to music with a steady beat:
music[uncountable and countable] also rap musicAPM
a popular rap song
a series of quick sharp hits or knocks [↪ tap]:
She was woken by a sharp rap on the door.
a statement by the police saying that someone is responsible for a serious crime [= charge]
crime[countable] American English informal
murder/robbery etc rap➔ rap sheet
The kid's been cited twice on drunk-driving raps.
to be blamed or punished for a mistake or crime, especially unfairly:
Bo was left to take the rap for Victor's murder.
5 American English informal
to avoid being punished for a crime
a punishment or criticism that is not very severe:
The New York Post received an official rap over the knuckles for the way it reported the story.
if someone gives a child a rap on the knuckles, they hit them on the back of their hand as a punishment