clap·​per | \ ˈkla-pər How to pronounce clapper (audio) \

Definition of clapper

: one that claps: such as
a : the tongue of a bell
b : a mechanical device that makes noise especially by the banging of one part against another
c : a person who applauds

Examples of clapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Buttigieg supporters, wearing bright yellow, had plastic hand-clapper noisemakers that sounded like the pitter-patter of a rainstorm. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Raucous crowd at New Hampshire Democratic fundraiser reflects long-simmering tensions among candidates," 9 Feb. 2020 He was too easily derided as a clapper on the sidelines and portrayed as an ineffective puppet of the owner. David Moore, Dallas News, "Despite his preparation and positivity, former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett might only be remembered for the battles he lost," 6 Jan. 2020 Questlove of The Roots took the clappers and submarine shakers in this classroom-style group, while Black Thought took tambourine. Nick Romano,, "Ringo Starr and Jimmy Fallon give 'Yellow Submarine' a Classroom Instruments cover," 25 Sep. 2019 Ringo led from the top on vocals and playing a tiny three-piece drum kit while the late-night show’s host took duties on a Casio keyboard, wooden block and kazoo, as Questlove showed his talents on clappers and, yep, a Submarine shaker. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Ringo Starr Performs 'Yellow Submarine' With Classroom Instruments on 'Fallon': Watch," 25 Sep. 2019 Nick Jonas took the clapper, Joe Jonas took the banana shaker, and Kevin Jonas took the triangle, while Fallon pulled triple duty on the Casio keyboard, wood block, and avocado shaker. Nick Romano,, "Jonas Brothers rock out to 'Sucker' with Jimmy Fallon and classroom instruments," 11 June 2019 Fun fact: No one living today has ever heard the bell ring freely with its clapper. Juliet Izon, Country Living, "7 Patriotic Sights to Take In on the Ultimate Philadelphia Road Trip," 15 Nov. 2018 And Wyden himself has called out clapper for all this repeatedly. Fox News, "Facebook asks users to send in nude photos," 24 May 2018 On Wednesday, a video compilation of his most memorable ass clappers earned over 374,000 views after shooting to the top of Reddit’s r/videos forum. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Who’s really being silenced on Twitter?," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of clapper

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clapper

: a metal ball that hangs inside a bell and hits the inside of the bell to make it ring


clap·​per | \ ˈkla-pər How to pronounce clapper (audio) \

Kids Definition of clapper

: the part hanging inside a bell that hits the sides to make the bell ring

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