- Chiefly Northeastern U.S. a long, thin board, thicker along one edge than the other, used in covering the outer walls of buildings, being laid horizontally, the thick edge of each board overlapping the thin edge of the board below it.
- British. a size of oak board used for making barrel staves and for wainscoting.
- of or made of clapboard: a clapboard house.
Origin of clapboard1
Origin of clapboard2
Examples from the Web for clapboard
The taxi trundles away from the train station passing rows of gray houses with clapboard shutters into the French countryside.How the French Do Detox: Inside France’s Most Star-Studded Wellness Retreat
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The Virginians dropped all thought of sassafras and clapboard.Pioneers of the Old South
Under a sign, "Hotel," he entered a door in a clapboard house.The U.P. Trail
It was a lost fragment of clapboard about four feet long, and with no house to it.
He had men getting cedar, walnut and clapboard for buildings.The Pocahontas-John Smith Story
Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
It was a clapboard structure covered with a reed roof, and eighteen by thirty feet in size.The Old Furniture Book
N. Hudson Moore
- a long thin timber board with one edge thicker than the other, used esp in the US and Canada in wood-frame construction by lapping each board over the one below
- (as modifier)a clapboard house
- (tr) to cover with such boards
Word Origin and History for clapboard
1520s, partial translation of Middle Dutch klapholt (borrowed into English late 14c. as clapholt), from klappen "to fit" + Low German holt "wood, board" (see holt). Cf. German Klappholz. Originally small boards of split oak, imported from northern Germany and cut by coopers to make barrel staves; the meaning "long, thin board used for roofing or to cover the exterior of wooden buildings" is from 1640s, American English.