how to pronounce rap


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rap is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of rap in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… rapid fire style of rap has been dubbed …”

meanings of rap


  1. Any of the tokens that passed current for a halfpenny in Ireland in the early part of the eighteenth century; any coin of trifling value.
  2. An appraisal.
  3. A whit; a jot.
  4. A song, verse, or instance of singing in the style of rap music.
  5. Recognized air picture.
  6. A positive appraisal; a recommendation.
  7. Blame for something.
  8. A casual talk.
  9. A lay or skein containing 120 yards of yarn.
  10. A sharp blow with something hard.
  11. Initialism of retirement annuity plan.
  12. A charge, whether or not it results in a conviction.
  13. Rap music.


  1. To speak (lyrics) in the style of rap music.
  2. To strike something sharply with one's knuckles; knock.
  3. To transport out of oneself; to affect with rapture.
  4. To talk casually; to engage in conversation.
  5. To strike with a quick blow; to knock on.
  6. To seize and carry off.
  7. To free (a pattern) in a mould by light blows on the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal.


  1. The Rapaport Diamond Report, the diamond industry standard for the pricing of diamonds.

rap frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word rap occurs in english on average 6.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics rap can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that rap can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to rap


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