rapper (n.) agent noun meaning "one who raps" in any sense (see RAP (Cf. rap) (v.)). Before the current performance sense emerged c.1979, it could mean "spirit-rapper" (1755), prison slang for "prosecutor" (1904), "itinerant antiques buyer" (1914, with a tinge of shadiness), "door-knocker" (1630s).

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  • rapper — |réper| s. 2 g. Pessoa que compõe ou canta música rap. = RAPISTA • Plural: rappers.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • rapper — [rap′ər] n. a person or thing that raps; specif., a) a door knocker ☆ b) a person who performs rap music …   English World dictionary

  • Rapper — Rap [ræp] ist ein Sprechgesang und Teil der Kultur des Hip Hop. „To rap“ (dt.: klopfen, pochen, meckern oder aber R.a.P. = Rhythm and Poetry zu dt.: Rhythmus und Poesie) deutet die Art der Musik und des Sprechgesangs an. Mit dem Begriff „Rap… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • rapper — rap [ rap ] n. m. • 1983; mot angl., de to rap « donner des coups secs » ♦ Anglic. Style de musique disco dont les paroles, hachées, sont récitées sur un fond musical très rythmé. ⇒aussi 2. break, smurf. « Le rap, c était loin d être mon truc,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Rapper — Recorded as Roper, Raper, and the rare Rapper, this is usually a surname of English origins. If so it derives from the pre 7th Century word rap , meaning a rope, with the suffix er , meaning one who does. It was given as a medieval occupational… …   Surnames reference

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