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See also: drapé and dråpe



From Middle English drape (a drape, noun), from Old French draper (to drape; to full cloth), from drap (cloth, drabcloth), from Late Latin drappus, drapus (drabcloth, kerchief), a word first recorded in the Capitularies of Charlemagne, probably from Frankish *drapi, *drāpi (that which is fulled, drabcloth, literally that which is struck or for striking)[1], from Proto-Germanic *drapiz (a strike, hit, blow) and Proto-Germanic *drēpiz (intended for striking, to be beaten), both from *drepaną (to beat, strike), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrebʰ- (to beat, crush, make or become thick)[2]. Cognate with English drub (to beat), North Frisian dreep (a blow), Low German drapen, dräpen (to strike), German treffen (to meet), Swedish dräpa (to slay). More at drub.



drape (plural drapes)

  1. (Britain) A curtain; a drapery.
  2. (textiles) The way in which fabric falls or hangs.
  3. (US) See drapes. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. (US) A member of a youth subculture distinguished by its sharp dress, especially peg-leg pants (1950s: e.g. Baltimore, MD). Antonym: square
  5. A dress made from an entire piece of cloth, without having pieces cut away as in a fitted garment.



  1. ^ http://onlinedictionary.datasegment.com/word/drabcloth
  2. ^ Skeat, An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, "Drab."
  • Time.com: MANNERS & MORALS: The Drapes [1]


drape (third-person singular simple present drapes, present participle draping, simple past and past participle draped)

  1. To cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery
    to drape a bust, a building, etc.
    • De Quincey
      The whole people were draped professionally.
    • Bungay
      These starry blossoms, pure and white, / Soft falling, falling, through the night, / Have draped the woods and mere.
  2. To rail at; to banter.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Temple to this entry?)
  3. To make cloth.
  4. To design drapery, arrange its folds, etc., as for hangings, costumes, statues, etc.
  5. To hang or rest limply
  6. To spread over, cover.






  1. first-person singular present indicative of draper
  2. third-person singular present indicative of draper
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of draper
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of draper
  5. second-person singular imperative of draper