Definition of trap


  • a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned.
  • drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas.
  • something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares; "the exam was full of trap questions", "it was all a snare and delusion". Synonyms: snare.
  • a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters.
  • the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise. Synonyms: ambuscade, ambush, lying in wait.
  • informal terms for the mouth. Synonyms: cakehole, gob, hole, maw, yap.
  • a light two-wheeled carriage.
  • a hazard on a golf course. Synonyms: bunker, sand trap.


  • place in a confining or embarrassing position; "He was trapped in a difficult situation". Synonyms: pin down.
  • catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes". Synonyms: ensnare, entrap, snare, trammel.
  • hold or catch as if in a trap; "The gaps between the teeth trap food particles".
  • to hold fast or prevent from moving; "The child was pinned under the fallen tree". Synonyms: immobilise, immobilize, pin.

Related words

entanglement, flytrap, gin, mantrap, mousetrap, net, noose, pit, pitfall, rattrap, snare, web.

Words nearby trap

crap, frap, rap, strap, tap, trad, tram, tramp, trapa, tray, trip, wrap.

Rhymes with trap

cap, chap, clap, crap, entrap, flap, frap, gap, hap, jap, lap, lapp, map, nap, pap, rap, recap, sap, scrap, slap.

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End with trap

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • trap is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 6 points
  • trap is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 6 points
  • trap is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 7 points
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