Definition of frap in US English:


verbfrapping, frapped, fraps

[with object]Nautical
  • Bind (something) tightly.

    • ‘But gluing and frapping will usually salvage a paddle with a diagonal split, and someday that may save your trip.’
    • ‘When you do that, the frapping will only catch the outer wrap and the lashing will loosen quickly.’
    • ‘It was evident that if the frapping gave way the hawser would be sure to jump clear of the bit heads and fly back with great force against the gallery and the engine room skylight.’
    • ‘Strain the frapping turns tightly and finish the lashing with a clove hitch around any convenient spar.’
    • ‘The entire route needs accurate planning with the kit in watertight sacks/barrel and frapped in the canoe.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘strike, beat’, now only dialect): from Old French fraper ‘to bind, strike’, of unknown origin. The current sense dates from the mid 16th century.