noun (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
Origin of flaps
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
Related Words for flapsturbulence, brouhaha, fuss, confusion, flail, flop, dangle, hang, vibrate, thrash, apron, hanging, fold, tag, tab, strip, skirt, overlap, adjunct, tail
Examples from the Web for flaps
Contemporary Examples of flaps
The only Lena I know of is Lena Horne, a wonderful performer, who is not involved in any flaps, and who is also dead.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
A growing sense that Romney is stiffing the print press may be fueling the flaps that came to define his trip.Palestinian Remarks Furor: Romney Campaign Hits AP as ‘Irresponsible’
August 2, 2012
The Airbus was as “fly-by-wire” plane, which means that the flaps on the wings are commanded by wires rather than manual tubes.7 Theories on the Crash of Flight 447
The Daily Beast
June 2, 2009
Historical Examples of flaps
When he flaps his wings or even moves a quill the thunder peals.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
His six 50's flamed and the recoil set the Thunderbolt back on her flaps.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
“Allow no one to enter, orderly,” he said and closed the flaps.The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy
Florence Partello Stuart
Flaps his hands in his side-pockets, Winks to all the throng below!The Bon Gaultier Ballads
William Edmonstoune Aytoun
And with a deep bow, even to the flaps of his saddle, he rode past her.Capitola's Peril
Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
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.