[ klap-bak ]

  1. a sharp response to criticism or an insult; a quick comeback: She had the perfect clapback to the crude comment about her looks.The dictionary is known on social media for its clapbacks and shade, showing how wit can gain consumer attention online.

verb phraseclap back [klap bak] /ˌklæp ˈbæk/ .
  1. to respond sharply to criticism or an insult: He’s faced a lot of negative comments online, and in some cases he’s clapped back at the trolls.She’s never been afraid to clap back at a hater.

Origin of clapback

First recorded in 2000–05; clap1 + back2

Words Nearby clapback Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023