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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wrappen (to wrap, fold), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to North Frisian wrappe (to press into; stop up), dialectal Danish vrappe (to stuff, cram), Middle Low German rincworpen (to envelop, wrap), Middle Low German wrempen (to wrinkle, scrunch the face), all perhaps tied to Proto-Indo-European *werp-, *werb- (to turn, twist, bend). Compare also similar-sounding and similar-meaning Middle English wlappen (to wrap, lap, envelop, fold), Middle Dutch lappen (to wrap up), Old Italian goluppare (to wrap) (from Germanic). Doublet of lap; related to envelop, develop.


wrap (third-person singular simple present wraps, present participle wrapping, simple past and past participle wrapped or (archaic) wrapt)

  1. (transitive) To enclose (an object) completely in any flexible, thin material such as fabric or paper.
  2. (transitive) To enclose or coil around an object or organism, as a form of grasping.
    A snake wraps itself around its prey.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bryant and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch / About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
  3. (figurative) To conceal by enveloping or enfolding; to hide.
    • (Can we date this quote by Carew and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      wise poets that wrap truth in tales
  4. (transitive or intransitive, video production) To finish shooting (filming) a video, television show, or movie.
    To avoid going over budget, let's make sure we wrap by ten. (compare wrap up 2)
  5. (lines, words, text, etc.) To break a continuous line (of text) onto the next line
    I wrapped the text so that I wouldn't need to scroll to the right to read it.
  6. (computing, transitive) To make functionality available through a software wrapper.
  7. (transitive) To (cause to) reset to an original value after passing a maximum.
    The row counter wraps back to zero when no more rows can be inserted.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English wrappe, from the verb (see above).


wrap (plural wraps)

  1. A garment that one wraps around the body to keep oneself warm.
  2. A type of food consisting of various ingredients wrapped in a tortilla or pancake.
  3. (entertainment) The completion of all or a major part of a performance.
    • 1994, Olivia Goldsmith, Fashionably Late:
      But she could knock off right after the wrap, have dinner, and take a later flight.
    • 2003 January 12, “Encore Presentation: Interview With the Bee Gees”, in CNN_KingWknd:
      The first time I met him is when we went to the – after the wrap party, we went to a little sound room – or a little screening room and watched the preview
    • 2009 November 14, Fox News Watch:
      And that's a wrap on "News Watch." For Judy, Jim, Cal and Kirsten, I'm Jon Scott. We'll see you again next week.'
  4. A wraparound mortgage.

Etymology 3[edit]


wrap (plural wraps)

  1. (Australia, informal) Alternative spelling of rap (appraisal)


  1. ^ Wrap” in John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1791, →OCLC, page 557: “☞ This word is often pronounced wrop, rhyming with top, even by ſpeakers much above the vulgar.”.




  • IPA(key): /ˈræp/, [ˈræp]
  • IPA(key): /ˈʋræp/, [ˈʋræp]



  1. wrap (food)





From English wrap.



wrap m (plural wraps)

  1. wrap (sandwich)