trap

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See also: Trap, TRAP, and tráp

English[edit]

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Leghold trap

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɹæp/, [tɹ̥æp], [tʃɹ̥æp]
  • (Northern English) IPA(key): [t̠ɹ̝̊äp]
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  • Rhymes: -æp

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English trappe, from Old English træppe, treppe (trap, snare) (also in betræppan (to trap)) from Proto-Germanic *trap-, from Proto-Indo-European *dremb- (to run).

Akin to Old High German trappa, trapa (trap, snare), Middle Dutch trappe (trap, snare), Middle Low German treppe (step, stair) (German Treppe "step, stair"), Old English treppan (to step, tread) and possibly Albanian trap "raft, channel, path". Connection to "step" is "that upon which one steps". French trappe and Spanish trampa are ultimately borrowings from Germanic.

Noun[edit]

trap (countable and uncountable, plural traps)

  1. A machine or other device designed to catch (and sometimes kill) animals, either by holding them in a container, or by catching hold of part of the body.
    Synonym: snare
    I put down some traps in my apartment to try and deal with the mouse problem.
  2. A trick or arrangement designed to catch someone in a more general sense; a snare.
    Unfortunately she fell into the trap of confusing biology with destiny.
  3. A covering over a hole or opening; a trapdoor.
    Close the trap, would you, before someone falls and breaks their neck.
  4. A wooden instrument shaped somewhat like a shoe, used in the game of trapball
  5. The game of trapball itself.
  6. Any device used to hold and suddenly release an object.
    They shot out of the school gates like greyhounds out of the trap.
  7. A bend, sag, or other device in a waste-pipe arranged so that the liquid contents form a seal which prevents the escape of noxious gases, but permits the flow of liquids.
  8. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for lack of an outlet.
  9. (historical) A light two-wheeled carriage with springs.
  10. (slang) A person's mouth.
    Keep your trap shut.
  11. (in the plural) Belongings.
    • 1870, Mark Twain, Running for Governor,
      ...his cabin-mates in Montana losing small valuables from time to time, until at last, these things having been invariably found on Mr. Twain's person or in his "trunk" (newspaper he rolled his traps in)...
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter IX, p. 144, [1]
      "Carry your traps out, Ma?" asked one of the passengers.
  12. (slang) A cubicle (in a public toilet).
    I've just laid a cable in trap 2 so I'd give it 5 minutes if I were you.
  13. (sports) Trapshooting.
  14. (geology) A geological structure that creates a petroleum reservoir.
  15. (computing) An exception generated by the processor or by an external event.
  16. (Australia, slang, historical) A mining license inspector during the Australian gold rush.
    • 1996, Judith Kapferer, Being All Equal: Identity, Difference and Australian Cultural Practice, page 84,
      The miners′ grievances centred on the issue of the compulsory purchase of miners′ licences and the harassment of raids by the licensing police, the ‘traps,’ in search of unlicensed miners.
    • 2006, Helen Calvert, Jenny Herbst, Ross Smith, Australia and the World: Thinking Historically, page 55,
      Diggers were angered by frequent licence inspections and harassment by ‘the traps’ (the goldfield police).
  17. (US, slang, informal, African-American Vernacular) A vehicle, residential building, or sidewalk corner where drugs are manufactured, packaged, or sold. (Also used attributively to describe things which are used for the sale of drugs, e.g. "a trap phone", "a trap car".)
  18. A kind of movable stepladder.
  19. (slang, informal, chiefly derogatory or offensive) A non-op trans woman or (femininely dressed) transvestite. Some speakers distinguish the term from transgender on the basis of self-designation.
    • 2011 May 27, “Re: anons target US chamber”, in alt.2600, Usenet[2]:
      And trust me you don't want to see a trap ether. I like my girls without a ding-a-ling.
    • 2013 One Piece: Grand Line 3 Point 5 page 47
      One way to spot a trap is to look for an adam's apple.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  20. (slang, informal, sometimes considered offensive) A fictional character from anime, or related media, who is coded as or has qualities typically associated with a gender other than the character's ostensible gender.
    • 2010 July 20, Antonio E. Gonzalez, “Re:Moyashimon Live Action”, in rec.arts.anime.misc, Usenet[3]:
      Of course Kei would look like a young woman, that's how traps work!
    • 2013 September 7, Bobbie Sellers, “Re: What's your favouite anime?”, in rec.arts.manga, Usenet[4]:
      I saw Episode 10 of the anime today. When it explains about the trap's problems in HS it was much clearer than the same section of the manga.
  21. (music, uncountable) A genre of hip-hop music, with half-time drums and heavy sub-bass.
    Synonym: trap music
  22. (slang, uncountable) The money earned by a prostitute for a pimp.
    • 2010, C. J. Land, A Hustler's Tale (page 54)
      The money clip held thirty-nine hundred dollars, combined with her trap money, she had five thousand dollars for her man.
    • 2011, Shaheem Hargrove, ‎Sharice Cuthrell, The Rise and Fall of a Ghetto Celebrity (page 55)
      The code was to call a pimp and tell him you have his hoe plus turn over her night trap but that was bull because the HOE was out of his stable months before I copped her.
Derived terms[edit]
Terms derived from trap (noun)
Translations[edit]
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Verb[edit]

trap (third-person singular simple present traps, present participle trapping, simple past and past participle trapped)

  1. (transitive) To physically capture, to catch in a trap or traps, or something like a trap.
    • 2013 July-August, Stephen P. Lownie, David M. Pelz, “Stents to Prevent Stroke”, in American Scientist:
      As we age, the major arteries of our bodies frequently become thickened with plaque, a fatty material with an oatmeal-like consistency that builds up along the inner lining of blood vessels. The reason plaque forms isn’t entirely known, but it seems to be related to high levels of cholesterol inducing an inflammatory response, which can also attract and trap more cellular debris over time.
    to trap foxes
  2. (transitive) To ensnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I trapped the foe.
  3. (transitive) To provide with a trap.
    to trap a drain
    to trap a sewer pipe
  4. (intransitive) To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game
    trap for beaver
  5. (intransitive) To leave suddenly, to flee.
  6. (US, slang, informal, African-American Vernacular, intransitive) To sell illegal drugs, especially in a public area.
  7. (computing, intransitive) To capture (e.g. an error) in order to handle or process it.

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Translations[edit]
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Borrowed from Swedish trapp, from trappa (stair).

Noun[edit]

trap (countable and uncountable, plural traps)

  1. A dark coloured igneous rock, now used to designate any non-volcanic, non-granitic igneous rock; trap rock.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Akin to Old English trappe (trappings), and perhaps from an Old French word of the same origin as English drab (a kind of cloth).

Verb[edit]

trap (third-person singular simple present traps, present participle trapping, simple past and past participle trapped)

  1. To dress with ornaments; to adorn (especially said of horses).
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      to deck his hearse, and trap his tomb-black steed
    • (Can we date this quote by Tennyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      There she found her palfrey trapped / In purple blazoned with armorial gold.
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Etymology 4[edit]

Shortening.

Noun[edit]

trap (plural traps)

  1. (slang, bodybuilding) The trapezius muscle.

Anagrams[edit]


Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch trap, from Middle Dutch trappe, from Old Dutch *trappa, from Proto-Germanic *trappō, *trappōn.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

trap (plural trappe, diminutive trappie)

  1. stairs, staircase

Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Either a t- prefixed form of *rap, related to rrap (cf. Old Norse raptr (rafter), English raft), or akin to Proto-Germanic *trap-, compare Old High German trappa, trapa (trap, snare), German Treppe (step, stair), Old English treppan (to step, tread), English trap.

Noun[edit]

trap m

  1. raft, ferry
  2. thick grove
  3. furrow, channel, ditch
  4. path (on the mountains or in the woods)

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch trappe, from Old Dutch *trappa, from Proto-Germanic *trappō, *trappōn, from Proto-Indo-European *dremb- (to run).

Noun[edit]

trap m (plural trappen, diminutive trapje n or trappetje n)

  1. stairs, staircase
  2. ladder
  3. degree, grade
  4. kick (act of kicking)
Derived terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Afrikaans: trap
  • Japanese: タラップ (tarappu)
  • Russian: трап (trap)

Verb[edit]

trap

  1. first-person singular present indicative of trappen
  2. imperative of trappen

Etymology 2[edit]

From German Trappe, from Polish drop or Czech drop.

Noun[edit]

trap f (plural trappen, diminutive trapje n)

  1. bustard

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English trap

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtrɑp/, [ˈt̪rɑp]
  • IPA(key): /ˈtræp/, [ˈt̪ræp]
  • Rhymes: -ɑp
  • Syllabification: trap

Noun[edit]

trap

  1. trapshooting, trap (type of shooting sport)

Declension[edit]

Pronunciation /ˈt̪rɑp/:

Pronunciation /ˈt̪ræp/:

See also[edit]


Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

trap m inan

  1. (nautical) gangway, gangplank, gangboard, accommodation ladder
  2. trapdoor
    Synonym: zapadnia
Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

trap

  1. second-person singular imperative of trapić

Further reading[edit]

  • trap in Polish dictionaries at PWN



Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English trap

Noun[edit]

trap m, f (plural traps)

  1. trap (a transvestite or trans woman)

Noun[edit]

trap m (uncountable)

  1. trap (music)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English trap

Noun[edit]

trap m (uncountable)

  1. trap (music)

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