claptrap


1clap·trap

noun \ˈklap-ˌtrap\

: words, ideas, etc., that are very foolish or stupid

Full Definition of CLAPTRAP

:  pretentious nonsense :  trash

Examples of CLAPTRAP

  1. His entire speech was nothing but claptrap.
  2. I'm tired of hearing all that claptrap about how hard her life is.

Origin of CLAPTRAP

2clap; from its attempt to win applause
First Known Use: 1799

2claptrap

adjective

Definition of CLAPTRAP

:  characterized by or suggestive of claptrap; especially :  of a cheap showy nature <claptrap sentiment>

First Known Use of CLAPTRAP

1815

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