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.
Origin of flap
Related Words for flapturbulence, brouhaha, fuss, confusion, flail, flop, dangle, hang, vibrate, thrash, apron, hanging, fold, tag, tab, strip, skirt, overlap, adjunct, tail
Examples from the Web for flap
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 7, 2014
Take my former boss, Mitt Romney, and the flap over a Jeep plant in Ohio.When Campaign Spin Becomes Fact
March 21, 2014
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
Historical Examples of flap
A five, a four and the main,' shouted the big man, with a voice like the flap of a sail.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Anthony lifted the flap, holding up the lantern, and we both looked in.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Oh, I wish you could have seen him flap his wings with delight.
Then he let down the flap, and examined the empty pigeon-holes and dusty panelling.The Golden Age
I put gun and maps in the right pocket; food in that flap behind you.Under Arctic Ice
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.