flapper

noun flap·per \ ˈfla-pər \
|Updated on: 25 Jun 2018

Definition of flapper

1 a : something used in flapping or striking
b : one that flaps
c : flipper 1
2 : a young woman; specifically : a young woman of the period of World War I and the following decade who showed freedom from conventions (as in conduct)

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First Known Use of flapper

circa 1570

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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  • : a young woman in the 1920s who dressed and behaved in a way that was considered very modern


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