Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
  2. (noun, artifact) a hazard on a golf course
  3. (noun, artifact) a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
  4. (noun, artifact) a light two-wheeled carriage
  5. (noun, artifact) a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters
  6. (noun, artifact) drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
  7. (noun, body) informal terms for the mouth
  8. (noun, cognition) something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares
    it was all a snare and delusion
  9. (verb, contact) to hold fast or prevent from moving
  10. (verb, contact) catch in or as if in a trap
  11. (verb, contact) hold or catch as if in a trap
  12. (verb, social) place in a confining or embarrassing position

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Trap

  1. late O.E. tr?ppe "snare, trap," from P.Gmc. *trap- (cf. M.Du. trappe "trap, snare"), related to Gmc. words for "stair, step, tread" (cf. M.Du., M.L.G. trappe, treppe, Ger. Treppe "step, stair"). Probably connected to O.Fr. trape, Sp. trampa "trap, pit, snare," but the exact relationship is uncertain. The connecting notion seems t… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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