clap·​board | \ ˈkla-bərd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) , ˈkla(p)-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) \

Definition of clapboard

1 archaic : a size of board for making staves and wainscoting
2 : a narrow board usually thicker at one edge than the other used for siding
3 \ ˈklap-​ˌbȯrd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) \ : a pair of hinged boards one of which has a slate with data identifying a piece of film and which are banged together in front of a motion-picture camera at the start of a take to facilitate editing

called also clapper board

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from clapboard

clapboard transitive verb

Examples of clapboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The exterior walls of the first and second story feature gray clapboard siding of different sizes. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Is What President Joe Biden’s Childhood Home Looks Like," 21 Jan. 2021 In 1953, the photographer purchased a charming 1782 clapboard farmhouse in Katonah, New York. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "‘She Was Freezing and Mad’: The Story Behind This Famous Slim Aarons Christmas Photo," 23 Dec. 2020 According to an online listing, the asking price for the three-story clapboard house, which operates as a museum and popular bed and breakfast, is $2 million. Steve Annear,, "For $2 million, you can own the house where Lizzie Borden’s family was murdered," 11 Jan. 2021 But the Riverside house has been scalped of its cupola and shorn of its front porch, and the clapboard of its front facade has been replaced with faux-stone siding. New York Times, "Preserving New York’s Ties to the Underground Railroad," 8 Jan. 2021 The blacksmith was a lean man with a sad, rectilinear face and hair the color of clapboard. Elizabeth Mccracken, Harpers Magazine, "The Souvenir Museum," 5 Jan. 2021 The building, a rambling old grocery, has sat idle since Hurricane Katrina, graffiti now blots out old murals that once advertised its Creole sausage on the clapboard flanks. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Vaucresson Sausage building new market, restaurant in former home, vacant since Hurricane Katrina," 11 Dec. 2020 Across the road from the Summit Store, Burrell School Vineyards has been making wine since 1973 on a property that housed a mid 19th century school (the red clapboard building, complete with school bell, still stands). Brian Coyne,, "How to pair wine tasting with Santa Cruz biking," 13 Nov. 2018 Bungalows, some of which were built in the 1920s, punctuate the streets, their clapboard exteriors and sagging telephone wires proof of an enduring beachfront community. Kate Branch, Vogue, "The Rockaway Hotel Is More Than Just a Summer Scene," 27 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'clapboard.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of clapboard

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clapboard

partial translation of Dutch klaphout stave wood

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about clapboard

Time Traveler for clapboard

Time Traveler

The first known use of clapboard was circa 1520

See more words from the same year

Statistics for clapboard

Last Updated

1 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Clapboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for clapboard



English Language Learners Definition of clapboard

chiefly US
: a narrow board that is thicker at one edge than at the other and that is used to cover the outsides of buildings
: a set of narrow boards covering the outside of a building


clap·​board | \ ˈkla-bərd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) , -ˌbȯrd \

Kids Definition of clapboard

: a narrow board thicker at one edge than at the other used as siding for a building

More from Merriam-Webster on clapboard

Nglish: Translation of clapboard for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about clapboard

Comments on clapboard

What made you want to look up clapboard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!