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claptrap

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noun clap·trap \ˈklap-ˌtrap\

Definition of claptrap

  1. :  pretentious nonsense :  trash

Examples of claptrap in a Sentence

  1. His entire speech was nothing but claptrap.

  2. I'm tired of hearing all that claptrap about how hard her life is.

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Origin and Etymology of claptrap

2clap; from its attempt to win applause


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claptrap

adjective clap·trap

Definition of claptrap

  1. :  characterized by or suggestive of claptrap; especially :  of a cheap showy nature claptrap sentiment

First Known Use of claptrap

1815


CLAPTRAP Defined for English Language Learners

claptrap

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Definition of claptrap for English Language Learners

  • : words, ideas, etc., that are very foolish or stupid



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