- flapless amputation,
- flapping tremor,
Origin of flapper
Examples from the Web for flappers
Also a hit: flappers, thanks to the success of Chicago at the Oscars that year.The Most Popular Halloween Costumes Through the Years: 1985-2013|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We stood at the window watching the flappers opposite play hockey.Shandygaff|Christopher Morley
Because the flappers had been gossiped about en masse, the whole reason for not being gossiped about had ceased.Nonsenseorship|G. G. Putnam and Others
See his big, ugly head, an' the arms o' him like the flappers o' a win'mill!Two Little Travellers|Frances Browne Arthur
Flappers and fluff-girls further embarrassed us with interested glances, and one of them asked for autographs.Cavalry of the Clouds|Alan Bott
He was bare-footed, and his feet, in color and general appearance, looked a good deal like the flappers of an alligator.The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865|Leander Stillwell
"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]
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.)