Meaning of TRAPPING in English


I. ˈtrapiŋ, -pēŋ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from gerund of trappen to trap — more at trap (to catch)

: the act of catching something or someone in a trap ; specifically : the occupation of a trapper

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from gerund of trappen to clothe — more at trap (to clothe)

1. : caparison 1 — usually used in plural

the heavy cart horses slipped and stamped … shaking their bells and trappings — Oscar Wilde

2. trappings plural : articles of decoration or dress

Christmas trappings such as lacy gilt butterflies, silver-paper harps … paper angels — New Yorker

the usual trappings of rather shabby but gallant old age, which included … a cross gleaming gold on her breast — Virginia Woolf

also : outward signs

the visible trappings of success, the automobiles, the applause … the consciousness of opulence and distinction — F.A.Swinnerton

little oligarchies masquerading in the trappings of democracy — F.A.Ogg & P.O.Ray

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: trap (cut) + -ing

1. : the cutting of a gem in a step cut


[ trap (brilliant) + -ing ]

: the cutting of a trap brilliant

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