frapper

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French frapper, from Old French fraper, frapper (to deliver a blow to someone, hit, strike), from Frankish *hrapōn (to snatch, scuffle), from Proto-Germanic *hrapōną, *hrapjaną (to touch, scratch), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)krep-, *(s)kreb- (to scratch, engrave). Cognate with Old High German hraffōn (to take over, seize) (whence German raffen (to gather up, heap)), Old English hreppan (to touch, treat), Old Norse hrappa (to handle roughly), North Frisian rippe (to move, stir).

For the change in spelling from hr to fr compare also freux, froc, frimas, etc.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

frapper

  1. to hit, to strike, to bash
    Il m'a frappé le bras.
    He hit me on the arm.
  2. to knock (e.g. on a door)
    • 2006, Natasha St. Pier, Longueur D'Ondes (album), Un Ange Frappe À Ma Porte (song)
      Un ange frappe à ma porte
      An angel knocks at my door.
  3. to bang (to get attention)
  4. (music) to strike (a chord)
  5. to strike down
    Frappé par Dieu.
    Struck down by God.
  6. to hit (to be affected by a punishment)
  7. (figuratively) to strike
    Frapper l'imagination.
    To strike the imagination.
  8. (bartending) to shake

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frapper

  1. to hit; to strike

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