Rap etymology


English word rap (refering to the music style) probably derives from the Middle English word rap (to utter (esp. an oath) sharply, vigorously, or suddenly), which came to refer to informal talk and chatting in vernacular possibly under the influences of Carribean English, and acquired the meaning of "to perform rap music" by 1979

Etymology of rap

Detailed word origin of rap

Dictionary entry Language Definition
rap Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) to utter (esp. an oath) sharply, vigorously, or suddenly; first use dates back from 1541
rap English (en) to speak to, recognize, or acknowledge acquaintance with someone (from 1932); to converse, esp. in an open and frank manner
rap English (en) (ambitransitive) To speak (lyrics) in the style of rap music.. (informal, intransitive) To talk casually.. (intransitive) To strike something sharply with one's knuckles; knock.. (metalworking) To free (a pattern) in a mould by light blows on the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal.. (transitive, dated) To strike with a quick blow; to knock on.

Words with the same origin as rap

Descendants of *h₁rep-

rape raven