Main meanings of rap-tap in English

: rap-tap1rap-tap2

rap-tap1

noun

(also rap-a-tap)
  • A sharp rapping or tapping sound, as produced by knocking on a door, hammering, etc.

Pronunciation

rap-tap

/ˌrapˈtap/ /ˈrapˌtap/

exclamation

(also rap-a-tap)
  • Representing this sound.

Pronunciation

rap-tap

/ˌrapˈtap/ /ˈrapˌtap/

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Charles Johnson (?1679–1748), playwright and poet. From rap + tap.

Main meanings of rap-tap in English

: rap-tap1rap-tap2

rap-tap2

verb

  • To make a rapping sound, as on a door, etc.

Pronunciation

rap-tap

/rapˈtap/ /ˈraptap/

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Capern (1819–1894), poet. From rap + tap, after rap-tap.