- flapless amputation,
- flapping tremor,
Origin of flapper
Examples from the Web for flapper
Our stereotype of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ is cocaine, nightclubs, and flapper girls.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This brings us to the flapper, the suffragette, and, finally, that über-American icon: the screen siren.
"You're tagging," accused the flapper viciously, turning to the Demon.
The flapper seemed to be on the point of tears, but she came into the room and sat across the table from him.
One could read her look as one could not read the flapper's.
Our new mess tent was built in the summer; and we said good-bye for ever to the murky gloom of the old Indian flapper.Fanny Goes to War|Pat Beauchamp
The motor chugged slowly up Broadway, nosing for a path about a slowly driven truck; the flapper looked back.
"forward young woman," 1921 slang, from flap (v.), but the exact connection is disputed. Perhaps from flapper "young wild-duck or partridge" (1747), with reference to flapping wings while learning to fly, of which many late 19c. examples are listed in Wright's "English Dialect Dictionary" (1900), including one that defines it as "A young partridge unable to fly. Applied in joke to a girl of the bread-and-butter age."
But other suggested sources are late 19c. northern English dialectal use for "teen-age girl" (on notion of one with the hair not yet put up), or an earlier meaning "prostitute" (1889), which is perhaps from dialectal flap "young woman of loose character" (1610s). Any or all of these might have converged in the 1920s sense. Wright also has flappy, of persons, "wild, unsteady, flighty," with the note that it was also "Applied to a person's character, as 'a flappy lass,'" and further on he lists flappy sket (n.) "an immoral woman."
In Britain the word took on political tones in reference to the debate over voting rights.
"Flapper" is the popular press catch-word for an adult woman worker, aged twenty-one to thirty, when it is a question of giving her the vote under the same conditions as men of the same age. ["Punch," Nov. 30, 1927]