flapper

[flap-er]
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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.

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 flappers

flapper

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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Word Origin and History for flappers

flapper

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for flappers

flappers

A nickname given to young women in the 1920s who defied convention by refusing to use corsets, cutting their hair short, and wearing short skirts, as well as by behavior such as drinking and smoking in public. (See Jazz Age and Roaring Twenties.)

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