verb (used without object), flapped, flap·ping.
verb (used with object), flapped, flap·ping.
- a state of nervous excitement, commotion, or disorganization.
- an emergency situation.
- scandal; trouble.
- a rapid flip of the tongue tip against the upper teeth or alveolar ridge, as in the r-sound in a common British pronunciation of very, or the t-sound in the common American pronunciation of water.
- a trill.
- a flipping out of the lower lip from a position of pressure against the upper teeth so as to produce an audible pop, as in emphatic utterances containing f-sounds or v-sounds.
- Also called backflap hinge, flap hinge.a hinge having a strap or plate for screwing to the face of a door, shutter, or the like.
- one leaf of a hinge.
- flap amputation,
- flap door,
- flap operation,
- flap valve,
Origin of flap
Examples from the Web for flap
My editor called and said, “Do a column on this Lena Dunham flap!”
Yet, after flipping through Not That Kind of Girl, I do begin to understand what “this Lena Dunham flap” is about.
If you flap your arms hard enough, a pair of vast feathered wings appears to grow out from your shoulders.Frickin’ Laser Beams Run by Eyeballs: The Next Art Revolution Is Here|Nico Hines|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Take my former boss, Mitt Romney, and the flap over a Jeep plant in Ohio.
Songs that the Hyades shall sing, Where flap the tatters of the King, Must die unheard in Dim Carcosa.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They all woke up, and finding their legs tied, began to flap their wings together with admirable precision.Beasts & Men|Jean de Bosschre
They sometimes turn this slit over the upper part, and then the ear looks as if the flap was cut off.
Then the flap of the awning was suddenly whisked aside and Asad himself appeared with Marzak at his elbow.The Sea-Hawk|Raphael Sabatini
He and his horse had scarcely found shelter amongst some rocks, when the flap of the dragon's wings could be plainly heard.The Brown Fairy Book|Andrew Lang
The neck of the flap is sure to be redundant and prominent, but can be pared.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery|Joseph Bell
verb flaps, flapping or flapped
Word Origin for flap
mid-14c., flappe "a blow, slap," probably imitative of the sound of striking. Meaning "something that hangs down" is first recorded 1520s. Sense of "motion or noise like a bird's wing" is 1774; meaning "disturbance, noisy tumult" is 1916, British slang.
early 14c., "dash about, shake;" later "strike, hit;" see flap (n.). Meaning "to swing loosely" is from 1520s. Related: Flapped; flapping.