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Idioms about clap

    clap eyes on. eye (def. 42).
    clap hold of, Nautical. to take hold of.

Origin of clap

1
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English clappen, Old English clæppan; cognate with Middle Low German kleppen

Other definitions for clap (2 of 2)

clap2
[ klap ]
/ klæp /

noun Slang: Vulgar.
Often the clap . gonorrhea.

Origin of clap

2
First recorded in 1580–90; akin to Middle French clapoir “bubo,” clapier “brothel,” Old Provençal clapier “warren”
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British Dictionary definitions for clap (1 of 2)

clap1
/ (klæp) /

verb claps, clapping or clapped
noun

Word Origin for clap

Old English clæppan; related to Old High German klepfen, Middle Dutch klape rattle, Dutch klepel clapper; all of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for clap (2 of 2)

clap2
/ (klæp) /

noun
the clap a slang word for gonorrhoea

Word Origin for clap

C16: from Old French clapoir venereal sore, from clapier brothel, from Old Provençal, from clap heap of stones, of obscure origin
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