verb \ˈklap\

: to hit the palms of your hands together usually more than once

: to suddenly put the palm of your hand on someone or something

: to quickly or forcefully put someone or something in a place or position

clapped also claptclap·ping

Full Definition of CLAP

transitive verb
:  to strike (as two flat hard surfaces) together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise
a :  to strike (the hands) together repeatedly usually in applause
b :  applaud
:  to strike with the flat of the hand in a friendly way <clapped his friend on the shoulder>
:  to place, put, or set especially energetically <clap him into jail> <since I first clapped eyes on it>
:  to improvise or build hastily <a hut clapped together from old plywood>
intransitive verb
:  to produce a percussive sound; especially :  slam
:  to go abruptly or briskly
:  applaud

Examples of CLAP

  1. She clapped in delight when she heard the news.
  2. The audience clapped to the beat of the music.
  3. The conductor clapped her hands twice, and the musicians stopped talking and prepared to play.
  4. He clapped his friend on the shoulder.
  5. He clapped his hand over his mouth when he realized what he had said.
  6. He clapped his hat on his head and went out the door.
  7. She clapped a muzzle on the dog.
  8. The prisoners were clapped in irons.

Origin of CLAP

Middle English clappen, from Old English clæppan to throb; akin to Old High German klaphōn to beat
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CLAP



Definition of CLAP

:  a device that makes a clapping noise
obsolete :  a sudden stroke of fortune and especially ill fortune
:  a loud percussive noise; specifically :  a sudden crash of thunder
a :  a sudden blow
b :  a friendly slap <a clap on the back>
:  the sound of clapping hands; especially :  applause

First Known Use of CLAP

13th century



Definition of CLAP

:  gonorrhea —often used with the

Origin of CLAP

Middle French clapoir bubo
First Known Use: 1587


noun \ˈklap\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CLAP

: gonorrhea—often used with the


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