verb (used with object), clapped, clap·ping.
verb (used without object), clapped, clap·ping.
Origin of clap1
Related Words for clappedcheer, pat, bang, slap, smash, wham, crash, applause, burst, thunder, thwack, thrust, slam, boom, wallop, crack, strike, blast, whack, thunderclap
Examples from the Web for clapped
Contemporary Examples of clapped
Guilavogui clapped his empty hands together and went up to the street to fold the newspaper dispensers up by the subway entrance.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
We laughed and whooped and clapped and danced and hugged each other.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed
Terry Greene Sterling
April 1, 2014
The standing-room-only audience swayed and clapped and danced.Jon Batiste, a Thrilling Jazz Pianist Whose First Goal Is to Entertain
February 16, 2014
Ringo clapped; Yoko flashed peace signs; Steven Tyler tumbled for ya; Beyoncé shimmied; and Katy Perry threw “Roar” punches.The Grammys Train Wreck: An Insult to Lou Reed, Hip-Hop, and Good Taste
January 27, 2014
After Lendegger walked the award over to her and it was plunked down on the table, the crowd of about 175 stood up and clapped.Harper Lee Makes a Surprise Appearance at an Alabama Literary Luncheon
Mary McDonagh Murphy
May 3, 2012
Historical Examples of clapped
She clapped her hands at a happy inspiration, and hung on his arm.Viviette
William J. Locke
He clapped his hands, with that thrill of joy which true art will ever give to a true artist.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
As he clapped his legs to the horse's back he stuck his knife into the Potawatami.The Trail Book
Lloyd clapped her hands and spun around the room like a top.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
"That man sized you up the minute he clapped his eyes on you," he said.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
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.