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”), 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 *dʰreb- (“to beat, crush, make or become thick”). 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)
- (Britain) A curtain; a drapery.
- (textiles) The way in which fabric falls or hangs.
- (US) See drapes. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (US) A member of a youth subculture distinguished by its sharp dress, especially peg-leg pants (1950s: e.g. Baltimore, MD). Antonym: square
- A dress made from an entire piece of cloth, without having pieces cut away as in a fitted garment.
- ^ http://onlinedictionary.datasegment.com/word/drabcloth
- ^ Skeat, An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, "Drab."
- Time.com: MANNERS & MORALS: The Drapes 
- (transitive) To cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery
- to drape a bust, a building, etc.
- (Can we date this quote by De Quincey and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- The whole people were draped professionally.
- (Can we date this quote by Bungay and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- These starry blossoms, pure and white, / Soft falling, falling, through the night, / Have draped the woods and mere.
- 2019 November 21, “Pope Francis meets Thai Buddhist patriarch on visit promoting religious peace”, in The Straits Times, SPH Digital News, retrieved 2019-11-22:
- The pair sat before a brilliant gold Buddha statue inside the ornate temple, built 150 years ago by the former Thai King – the supreme patriarch barefoot and draped in orange robes as they spoke.
- (transitive) To spread over, cover.
- I draped my towel over the radiator to dry.
- To rail at; to banter.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Temple to this entry?)
- To make cloth.
- To design drapery, arrange its folds, etc., as for hangings, costumes, statues, etc.
- To hang or rest limply