[ flap-er ]
/ ˈflæp ər /


something broad and flat used for striking or for making a noise by striking.
a broad, flat, hinged or hanging piece; flap.
a young woman, especially one who, during the 1920s, behaved and dressed in a boldly unconventional manner.
a young bird just learning to fly.
Slang. the hand.

Nearby words

  1. flapdragon,
  2. flaperon,
  3. flapjack,
  4. flapless amputation,
  5. flappable,
  6. flappers,
  7. flapping tremor,
  8. flappy,
  9. flaps,
  10. flare

Origin of flapper

First recorded in 1560–70; flap + -er1

Related formsflap·per·dom, nounflap·per·ish, adjectiveflap·per·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for flapper


/ (ˈflæpə) /


a person or thing that flaps
(in the 1920s) a young woman, esp one flaunting her unconventional dress and behaviour
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