trap

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See also: Trap, TRAP, tráp, and tråp

English[edit]

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Leghold trap

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: trăp, 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. (now rare) A kind of movable stepladder or set of stairs.
    • 1798 January 3, Edinburgh Weekly Journal, page 5:
      There is likewise a cabin trap with five steps.
    • 1842, Ellison Jack (girl, age 11), quoted in The Condition and Treatment of the Children Employed in the Mines, page 48:
      "I have to bear my burthen up four traps, or ladders, before I get to the main road which leads to the pit bottom."
    • 1847, David Low, Elements of Practical Agriculture, page 37
      They have very generally received the name of trap-rocks, because they often present the appearance of traps or stairs.
    • 1867, The Children's hour, page 137:
      Little Alf turned at once, and bidding Frank good-bye, he went into the house, and climbed up the trap stair into his little room in the garret, and pondered in his heart these words of Dolly's.
    • 1875, The Gardner: A Magazine of Horticulture and Floriculture, page 3:
      The labour and time that are saved by thus concentrating and placing the heating power in doing away with the running to so many points, and up and down so many stairs or traps in attending to a number of fires, is also well worth noticing.
    • 1887, George G. Green, Gordonhaven, page 114:
      Coming near the door, Scorgie cautioned quietness, and pointing to a trap stair he motioned Mr. Love and Donald to ascend to the loft.
    • 1889 (original 1886), Willock, Rosetty Ends, 29:
      Had climbed up the trap-stair, and was busy potterin' aboot.
    • 1920, Soviet Russia, page 14:
      Tossing, the negro walks up the trap-ladder. But the emotions of a drunkard change quickly.
    • 1960, Bernard Guilbert Guerney, An Anthology of Russian Literature in the Soviet Period from Gorki to Pasternak
      The stokers, breaking into excited talk, picked him up and dragged him up the trap ladder to the deck. The Canadian wiped the blood off Petka's injured forehead ...
  5. A wooden instrument shaped somewhat like a shoe, used in the game of trapball
  6. The game of trapball itself.
  7. Any device used to hold and suddenly release an object.
    They shot out of the school gates like greyhounds out of the trap.
  8. 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.
  9. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for lack of an outlet.
  10. (aviation, military, slang) A successful landing on an aircraft carrier using the carrier's arresting gear.
    After 100 traps, the arresting cables have to be replaced to minimize the danger of a worn or fatigued cable snapping under an aircraft.
  11. (historical) A light two-wheeled carriage with springs.
  12. (slang) A person's mouth.
    Keep your trap shut.
  13. (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.
  14. (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.
  15. (sports) Trapshooting.
  16. (geology) A geological structure that creates a petroleum reservoir.
  17. (computing) An exception generated by the processor or by an external event.
  18. (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).
  19. (US, slang, African-American Vernacular, also attributive) A vehicle, residential building, or sidewalk corner where drugs are manufactured, packaged, or sold.
    trap car
  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; otokonoko.
    • 2013, One Piece: Grand Line 3 Point 5, page 47:
      One way to spot a trap is to look for an adam's apple.
    • 2010 July 20, Antonio E. Gonzalez, “Re:Moyashimon Live Action”, in rec.arts.anime.misc, Usenet[2]:
      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[3]:
      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, informal, chiefly derogatory or offensive) A trans woman or transfeminine person.
    • 2011 May 27, “Re: anons target US chamber”, in , Usenet[4]:
      And trust me you don't want to see a trap ether. I like my girls without a ding-a-ling.
  23. (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.
    • 2012 (original 1981), Alix Kates Shulman, On the Stroll: A Novel, Open Road Media (→ISBN):
      For the first time in the week since she'd been hooking she hadn't made her trap.
Antonyms[edit]

(aircraft-carrier landing): bolter

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.
  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. (aviation, military, slang, intransitive) To successfully land an aircraft on an aircraft carrier using the carrier's arresting gear.
    After three consecutive bolters, the pilot finally trapped successfully on the Nimitz.
  6. (intransitive) To leave suddenly, to flee.
  7. (US, slang, informal, African-American Vernacular, intransitive) To sell illegal drugs, especially in a public area.
  8. (computing, intransitive) To capture (e.g. an error) in order to handle or process it.
  9. (mining, dated) To attend to and open and close a (trap-)door.
Antonyms[edit]

(land on an aircraft carrier):

Derived terms[edit]
Translations[edit]
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Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • 1895, William Dwight Whitney, The Century Dictionary, page 6441, "trap": "A kind of movable ladder or steps: a ladder leading up to a loft."

Etymology 2[edit]

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Borrowed from Swedish trapp (step, stair, stairway), from Middle Low German trappe (stair, step).

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.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Akin to Middle English trappe (trappings, gear), and perhaps from Old Northern French trape, a byform of Old French drap, a 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).
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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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Czech[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

trap m inan

  1. trot
    Synonyms: klus, poklus

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

trap m inan

  1. trap shooting

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

trap

  1. second-person singular imperative of trápit

Further reading[edit]

  • trap in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • trap in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

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

Anagrams[edit]


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]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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 Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • 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)

Derived terms[edit]