trapping

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From trap.

Verb[edit]

trapping

  1. Present participle of trap.

Noun[edit]

trapping (plural trappings)

  1. An instance of ensnaring something or someone.

Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English trap, trappe (personal belongings, owndom, household goods) (compare Middle English trappen "to deck, caparison"), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin trapus (cloth), from Frankish *traba, trapa (cloth, thread, rag), from Proto-Germanic *trabō, *trafą, *trēb (fringe, rags), from Proto-Indo-European *drāp-, *drāb- (rag). Akin to Old High German traba (fringe, tatters, thread), Old Norse traf (headscarf).

Noun[edit]

trapping (plural trappings)

  1. An ornamental covering or harness for a horse; caparison.

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