flap·​per | \ˈfla-pər \

Definition of flapper 

1a : something used in flapping or striking

b : one that flaps

c : flipper sense 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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Flapper Dresses: Fresh off the Spring 2012 runways, flapper-style dresses proved to be one of the hottest trends of the night. Julia Malacoff, Redbook, "People's Choice Awards: Trend Roundup," 12 Jan. 2012 Most notably, Furstenberg showed Great Gatsby-esque flapper dresses with dropped waists and beaded fringing in New York in 2003. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane von Furstenberg Designs for Claridge's London," 25 May 2010 Years before Kylie Jenner was even born, Cher made an everyday option out of wigs, ditching her signature great lengths for a swingy flapper bob as a visual marker of independence, and going solo in 1975. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Cher! Celebrating the Icon's 16 Best Hair Moments," 20 May 2018 Ouija boards and séances seemed old-fashioned in the new world of flappers, jazz, and Prohibition. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 Pull out your flapper dress or fedora for the Roaring Twenties-themed event, and come out for a night of hands-on fun, including opportunities to make your own herbal tincture and botanical simple syrup. Philly.com, "Kendrick Lamar, Odunde Festival, and other great happenings, June 8-15," 7 June 2018 Ere long a torch song singer was crooning some Jazz Age hits and the dance floor was crowded with flappers in fringed black shimmy frocks and their tuxedoed swains, giving us full-on Chicago in New York. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Goes Inside Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda and Sartoria Events in New York City," 9 Apr. 2018 In the 1920s, the young generation of flappers greatly influenced British fashion. Aubrey Almanza, Allure, "The Bizarre History of Fascinators and Why People Wear Them to Royal Weddings," 18 May 2018 But who knew those bony little flappers could also be stuffed? Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Chicken game changer: Cambodian stuffed wings," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of flapper

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of flapper

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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