- 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 back·flap hinge [bak-flap hinj], /ˈbækˌflæp ˈhɪndʒ/, 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
OTHER WORDS FROM flapflap·less, adjectiveun·flap·ping, adjective
How to use flap in a sentence
He moved the runoff absentee ballot request to a small check box on the flap, along with other less critical parts that nonetheless are required by law, such as that felony line.How North Carolina’s mail-in envelope got a new, easier-to-use look|Bonnie Berkowitz|October 15, 2020|Washington Post
Flatten the fortune teller so the triangular flaps are on top.Five classic paper toys you can make when you’re bored (whether you’re in school or not)|John Kennedy|October 7, 2020|Popular-Science
For the winter, they are exploring heat lamps and covered tents with flaps — though that risks at least partly defeating the biggest benefit of outdoor dining, creating a semi-closed space.Sidewalk Eating: Is It Here to Stay?|Charu Kasturi|October 6, 2020|Ozy
The “butterfly effect” refers, of course, to chaos theory and a 1972 talk, from Edward Lorenz, on whether the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil could set off a tornado in Texas.Why We Should Eat Crickets. And Other Bug Ideas - Facts So Romantic|Mary Ellen Hannibal|October 2, 2020|Nautilus
The design features a small flap on each side to hold the filter, which sits next to your face and is prone to bunching, especially when you pull the mask down for a drink.What You Need to Know About Wearing a Face Mask Outside|Joe Lindsey|September 30, 2020|Outside Online
The figure enters the elevator and is then seen quickly leaving the mall, black cloth flapping behind it.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi?|Chris Allbritton|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or maybe we just need one of those bogus “alien invasions” that Paul Krugman is always flapping his gums about.This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended|Nick Gillespie|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Figures in white robes, like night-shirts, flickered through the blue gloom, slippers flapping from heels.Olivia Manning, Married to the War|Lauren Elkin|June 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Jar Jar Binks: "a wrist-flapping, deer-faced twit of an alien with the voice of a Jamaican drag-queen."The Great Robert Hughes|Michael Tomasky|August 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Wingnuts were flapping their wings when far-left liberals got all misty-eyed talking about “Uncle Joe” Stalin.America's 9 Worst Demagogues|John Avlon|September 2, 2010|DAILY BEAST
But, later, he grew afraid of the shadows of window-curtains and the flapping of doors and the creaking of shutters.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
The regular Korean man's hat, with its flapping wings, was next put on, and this part of the ceremony was complete.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
She felt her sails flapping about her, but none the less was she determined to reach her goal if she had to get out and swim.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
There's Raphael singing, Gabriel accompanying him on the harp, and all the angels flapping their wings to express their joy.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell
The whole ceiling was covered with glow-worms and light-blue bats that were flapping their thin wings.Rudy and Babette|Hans Christian Andersen