verb (used with object), clapped, clap·ping.
verb (used without object), clapped, clap·ping.
Origin of clap1
noun Slang: Vulgar.
Origin of clap2
Examples from the Web for clap
Contemporary Examples of clap
Which is why you should: “Clap along, if you feel like a room without a roof.”Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
The music drifted through the rain and the woman started to clap her hands and dance.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
No one applauded–rare on a night when hands tend to clap after every cough and sneeze.Obama’s 34 Words That Matter Most
February 2, 2014
Everyone stood up to clap in his honor, including Mao himself.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
January 9, 2014
Stewart hit the deck, only to pop back up and seamlessly transition into a clap.15 Hilarious Pageant Moments
June 18, 2013
Historical Examples of clap
He wanted to curse and swear, and had to clap his hands on his mouth to prevent it.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
From outside I thought it was beautiful, and I began to clap my hands on reaching the house.My Double Life
But the clap of thunder came on the very night of the nuptials.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Throw off your moorings, then, and clap on sail, for we must go.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
At the first clap of thunder, Mademoiselle Remanjou made the sign of the cross.L'Assommoir
verb claps, clapping or clapped
Word Origin for clap
Word Origin for clap
Old English clæppan "to throb, beat," common West Germanic, echoic (cf. Old Frisian klapa "to beat," Old Norse klappa, Old High German klaphon, German klappen, Old Saxon klapunga). Meaning "to strike or knock" is from c.1300. Meaning "to make a sharp noise" is late 14c. Of hands, to beat them together to get attention or express joy, from late 14c. To clap (someone) on the back is from 1520s. Related: Clapped; clapping.
"gonorrhea," 1580s, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English clapper "rabbit-hole," from Old French clapoire (Modern French clapier), originally "rabbit burrow" (of uncertain origin), but given a slang extension to "brothel" and also the name of a disease of some sort. In English originally also a verb, "to infect with clap." Related: Clap-doctor.
"loud noise," c.1200, from clap (v.). Of thunder, late 14c. Meaning "sudden blow" is from c.1400; meaning "noise made by slapping the palms of the hands together" is from 1590s.