[ klap-er ]
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  1. a person who applauds.

  2. the tongue of a bell.

  1. Slang. the tongue.

  2. Usually clappers. two flat sticks held between the fingers and struck rhythmically against each other to produce abrupt, sharp sounds.

  3. Printing. a platen press.

Origin of clapper

First recorded in 1250–1300, clapper is from the Middle English word claper.See clap1, -er1

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How to use clapper in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for clapper


/ (ˈklæpə) /

  1. a person or thing that claps

  2. a contrivance for producing a sound of clapping, as for scaring birds

  1. Also called: tongue a small piece of metal suspended within a bell that causes it to sound when made to strike against its side

  2. a slang word for tongue (def. 1)

  3. go like the clappers, run like the clappers or move like the clappers British informal to move extremely fast

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