clapper

noun clap·per \ ˈkla-pər \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

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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First Known Use of clapper

14th century

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CLAPPER Defined for English Language Learners

clapper

Definition of clapper for English Language Learners

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


CLAPPER Defined for Kids

clapper

noun clap·per \ ˈkla-pər \

Definition of clapper for Students

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


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