- Rhymes: -eɪp
From Middle English drape (noun, “a drape”), from Old French draper (“to drape", also, "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 *dʰrebʰ- (“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.
- (US) A youth subculture distinguished by its sharp dress, especially peg-leg pants (1950s: e.g. Baltimore, MD). Antonym: square
- ^ http://onlinedictionary.datasegment.com/word/drabcloth
- ^ Skeat, An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, "Drab."
- Time.com: MANNERS & MORALS: The Drapes 
- To cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery; as, to drape a bust, a building, etc.
- De Quincey
- The whole people were draped professionally.
- These starry blossoms, pure and white, / Soft falling, falling, through the night, / Have draped the woods and mere.
- De Quincey
- 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
- To spread over, cover.