clapperclaw

/ (ˈklæpəˌklɔː) /

verb (tr) archaic

to claw or scratch with the hands and nails
to revile; abuse

Derived forms of clapperclaw

clapperclawer, noun

Word Origin for clapperclaw

C16: perhaps from clapper + claw
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Examples from the Web for clapperclaw

  • In the race of fashion the resolute and active De Mogyns has passed the poor old Clapperclaw.

    The Book of Snobs|William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Miss Clapperclaw says Bulbul is evidently smitten, and Clara too.

    The Christmas Books|William Makepeace Thackeray
  • "I never knew a woman who was constantly bullied by her husband who did not like him the better for it," Miss Clapperclaw says.

    The Christmas Books|William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Miss Clapperclaw says he acted pretty well, and that I only joke about him because I am envious, and wanted to act a part myself.

    The Christmas Books|William Makepeace Thackeray