[ klap-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈklæpˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /

noun Movies.

a small board with a hinged stick attached that is clapped down at the beginning of the filming of a shot for use later in synchronizing sound and image in the editing of the film.

Origin of clapboard

Also called clapper board, clap·stick [klap-stik] /ˈklæpˌstɪk/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for clapperboard (1 of 2)


/ (ˈklæpəˌbɔːd) /


a pair of boards clapped together during film shooting in order to aid sound synchronization

British Dictionary definitions for clapperboard (2 of 2)


/ (ˈklæpˌbɔːd, ˈklæbəd) /


  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a clapboard house


(tr) to cover with such boards

Word Origin for clapboard

C16: partial translation of Low German klappholt, from klappen to crack + holt wood; related to Dutch claphout; see board
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