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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [trap]
    • /træp/
    • /træp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [trap]
    • /træp/

Definitions of trap word

  • noun trap a ladder or ladderlike device used to reach a loft, attic, etc. 1
  • verb with object trap to furnish with or as with trappings; caparison. 1
  • verb without object trap to set traps for game: He was busy trapping. 1
  • verb without object trap to engage in the business of trapping animals for their furs. 1
  • verb without object trap Trapshooting, Skeet. to work the trap. 1
  • noun trap physical: snare 1

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Origin of trap

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English trappe (noun), trappen (v.), Old English træppe (noun), cognate with Middle Dutch trappe (Dutch trap) trap, step, staircase; akin to Old English treppan to tread, German Treppe staircase

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Parts of speech for Trap


trap popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

trap usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for trap

verb trap

  • ambuscade — an ambush
  • bag — A bag is a container made of thin paper or plastic, for example one that is used in shops to put things in that a customer has bought.
  • benet — to trap (something) in a net
  • besiege — If you are besieged by people, many people want something from you and continually bother you.
  • blockaded — the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit.

noun trap

  • ambush — If a group of people ambush their enemies, they attack them after hiding and waiting for them.
  • ambushment — an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise: The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road.
  • backstabber — someone who attacks another deceitfully, behind his or her back
  • bait — Bait is food which you put on a hook or in a trap in order to catch fish or animals.
  • blind — Someone who is blind is unable to see because their eyes are damaged.

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