Simple Definition of claptrap
: words, ideas, etc., that are very foolish or stupid
Full Definition of claptrap
: pretentious nonsense : trash
Examples of claptrap in a sentence
His entire speech was nothing but claptrap.
I'm tired of hearing all that claptrap about how hard her life is.
Origin and Etymology of claptrap
2clap; from its attempt to win applause
First Known Use: 1799
Definition of claptrap
: characterized by or suggestive of claptrap; especially : of a cheap showy nature <claptrap sentiment>
First Known Use of claptrap
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