verb (used without object), flapped, flap·ping.
verb (used with object), flapped, flap·ping.
- a state of nervous excitement, commotion, or disorganization.
- an emergency situation.
- scandal; trouble.
- a rapid flip of the tongue tip against the upper teeth or alveolar ridge, as in the r-sound in a common British pronunciation of very, or the t-sound in the common American pronunciation of water.
- a trill.
- a flipping out of the lower lip from a position of pressure against the upper teeth so as to produce an audible pop, as in emphatic utterances containing f-sounds or v-sounds.
- Also called backflap hinge, flap hinge.a hinge having a strap or plate for screwing to the face of a door, shutter, or the like.
- one leaf of a hinge.
Origin of flap
Examples from the Web for flapping
Contemporary Examples of flapping
Wingnuts were flapping their wings when far-left liberals got all misty-eyed talking about “Uncle Joe” Stalin.America's 9 Worst Demagogues
September 2, 2010
Historical Examples of flapping
The sails had fallen off and they were flapping and thumping and clapping in the wind.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The cabman had put up his torch and was flapping his arms under his armpits.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
He raised his head with a noise in his ears that was like the flapping of wings in the dark.
"There you are," said Pete, flapping the letter on one hand.
Roger thought of his torn flag, flapping in the wind on the top of the flagpole.
verb flaps, flapping or flapped
Word Origin for flap
early 14c., "dash about, shake;" later "strike, hit;" see flap (n.). Meaning "to swing loosely" is from 1520s. Related: Flapped; flapping.
mid-14c., flappe "a blow, slap," probably imitative of the sound of striking. Meaning "something that hangs down" is first recorded 1520s. Sense of "motion or noise like a bird's wing" is 1774; meaning "disturbance, noisy tumult" is 1916, British slang.