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Pronunciation: /ræp/

Translation of rap in Spanish:


  • 1 countable/numerable (blow) golpe (masculine) there was a rap at the door se oyó un golpe en la puerta I don't care a rap [colloquial/familiar] me importa un bledo or un pepino or un rábano or un comino [colloquial/familiar] knuckle 1
    Example sentences
    • A sharp rap at the door of the dressing room broke the two out of their romantic interlude.
    • Three sharp raps at the door interrupted his speech and Ben looked helplessly to Marie.
    • A sharp rap at the door made the quartet's heads turn simultaneously toward the door.
  • 3 3.1 uncountable/no numerable (chat) [colloquial/familiar] charla (feminine), cháchara (feminine) [colloquial/familiar] we had a rap about old times estuvimos de cháchara rememorando los viejos tiempos [colloquial/familiar] 3.2 c and u [Music/Música] rap (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Both fans of techno and fans of rap music should enjoy this album.
    • She was listening rock music and rap from a small black radio that was next to her.
    • The book is well written, carefully researched, and nicely organized, and its study of the early origins of rap is fascinating.
    Example sentences
    • Big Boi's raps are, as always, inventive, the words tumbling out with speed and bite.
    • Their raps may be blazing, but the melodies deliberately evoke early Beach Boys memories.
    • Vordul's verse is uninspiring and sounds much more like spoken word poetry, rather than a proper rap.
    Example sentences
    • He's pretty quiet at the hall meetings and the rap group sessions.
    • So whenever Hilary has any of her cronies over, I have to suffer through a rap session blaring from her room.
    • In a calm, cool, and extremely friendly way, hold a rap session with your dancers and their parents.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-pp-)

  • 1 (knock) dar* un golpe to rap at/on the door llamar a la puerta

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-pp-)

  • 1.1 (hit) he rapped my knuckles me pegó en los nudillos he rapped his gavel for silence dio unos golpes con el martillo para que hicieran silencio knuckle 1 1.2 (rebuke) amonestar, llamar al orden

Phrasal verbs

rap out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 [order] espetar, dar* en tono brusco so did you, he rapped out —tú también —le espetó 1.2 [rhythm] golpetear we used to rap out messages on the pipes nos mandábamos mensajes golpeando las tuberías

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