flapper

[ flap-er ]
/ ˈflæp ər /

noun

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.

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Origin of flapper

First recorded in 1560–70; flap + -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM flapper

flap·per·dom, nounflap·per·ish, adjectiveflap·per·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flapper

flapper
/ (ˈflæpə) /

noun

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