af·​ter·​clap ˈaf-tər-ˌklap How to pronounce afterclap (audio)
: an unexpected damaging or unsettling event following a supposedly closed affair

Word History


Middle English after clap, from after after- + clap clap entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afterclap was in the 14th century

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“Afterclap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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