verb (used with object), clapped, clap·ping.
verb (used without object), clapped, clap·ping.
Origin of clap1
Examples from the Web for clapping
Contemporary Examples of clapping
There was the obvious sight gags of Valerie not realizing who everyone was clapping for, when the party was clapping for her.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
I always tried to get into the spirit of things with dancing, clapping, and singing out in the pews.What Paul Ryan Gets Right About Race
August 21, 2014
Get involved in the action by standing up and clapping when an athlete deserves it.6 Ways to Avoid ‘Sochi Gut’ While Watching the Olympics
Jenna A. Bell
February 12, 2014
So instead of clapping, if people liked a performance they were supposed to snap their fingers.The Real Life of Llewyn Davis
November 7, 2013
The crowds along the procession route are clapping as the car passes.Live Blogging Thatcher’s London Funeral
April 17, 2013
Historical Examples of clapping
"Oh, it's just like a pink story," she cried, clapping her hands.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
The sails had fallen off and they were flapping and thumping and clapping in the wind.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
"I think you are in love," said the host, clapping him on the back.Night and Morning, Complete
He was clapping his hands silently and laughing quietly, but still he was laughing.My Double Life
Laughter and clapping of hands and acclamations again arose.Fruitfulness
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.