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

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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 But now the clapper had been hung in a bell that was too big for it. Benjamin Balint, WSJ, "‘Life in Culture’ Review: Between Revolution and Respectability," 20 Sep. 2018 Look at clapper - a proven liar, under oath, repeatedly, not a single charge ever brought against him. Fox News, "Joe diGenova: The Mueller investigation is illegitimate," 8 May 2018 As part of their restoration, the bells will get new clappers — a piece of iron that hangs inside the bell to create a tone — as well as headstocks, Sunderlin said. Jennifer Johnson,, "Restoring the ring: Historic bells come down from Niles Leaning Tower," 2 July 2018 Once set up there and with midnight long since passed, the fans pulled out vuvuzelas, bells, whistles and clappers, and began to roar and chant pro-Iran songs. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Iran fans try to sabotage Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal at team's World Cup hotel," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of clapper

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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