Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A frozen, fruit-flavored mixture that is similar to sherbet and served as a dessert or appetizer.
  • n. A beverage, usually a liqueur, poured over shaved ice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a frozen fruit flavoured dessert or appetizer
  • n. a liqueur or cocktail served on shaved ice
  • n. a movement where you strike your foot against the floor over the ankle in ballet or other forms of dance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Iced; frozen; artificially cooled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made very cold by the application of ice: said of wine, and, in French restaurants, of water: as, a carafe frappée, a water-bottle filled and artificially frozen.

Etymologies

French, from past participle of frapper, to strike, chill, from Old French fraper, to strike, probably of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Past participle of French frapper 'to hit, strike', from Old French fraper, from Old Low Franconian *hrappan 'to jerk, snatch' (cf. Dutch reppen 'to hurry'), from Proto-Germanic *hrapjanan 'to hurry' (compare Old English hreppan 'to touch, treat', Old Norse hrapa 'to hurry; fall', German raffen 'to grab'), from *hrapaz (compare Middle Low German rapp 'quick'), from Proto-Indo-European *krob (compare Middle Irish crip, crib 'quick', Tocharian kārpā 'to come down, step down', Lithuanian krapštýti 'to scratch, rub', Old Church Slavonic krĕpŭkŭ 'firm'). (Wiktionary)

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