flap·​per | \ ˈfla-pər How to pronounce flapper (audio) \

Definition of flapper

1a : something used in flapping or striking
b : one that flaps
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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Recent Examples on the Web Children from across the country submitted photos of their mullets, ranging from Jaxson's curly mullet to the freedom flapper, modern mullet and Tennessee top hat. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Texas boy wins first place in national mullet championship," 7 Nov. 2020 Audience members came dressed in suits or flapper dresses, and stood drinking in a grand room of a London townhouse, decorated in the style of a 1920s bar. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "It’s a Party at Gatsby’s Mansion. No Dancing, Please.," 19 Oct. 2020 Once that’s been done, detach the chain that connects the flapper to the flush handle and install the new valve. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "How to figure out what’s wrong with your toilet—and then fix it," 23 Aug. 2020 From fringy flapper dresses, to white zoot suits, to ornate headwear…a good time was indeed had by all. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Networking vital to business, says Katy Chamber vice president," 22 Mar. 2020 Chamber members dressed as 1920s flappers, gangsters and silent screen stars for an evening of glamor. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Costumes dazzle at Katy chamber’s ‘Roaring ’20s’ gala," 13 Feb. 2020 Knox’s history whisks readers away to meet enticers past, from Casanova to the flappers of the 1920s, showing how the art of seduction has influenced politics and power, literature and social movements. New York Times, "11 New Books We Recommend This Week," 20 Feb. 2020 This is the 40th year for the celebration, which traditionally has been a black-tie, formal event, but which this year likely will feature flappers and pin-striped suits. cleveland, "Parma Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate at Roaring ’20s Gala: Sun Postings," 11 Feb. 2020 The Roaring Twenties was an age of economic prosperity, but also introduced society to flappers and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "See how Houstonians lived in the Roaring 20s," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of flapper

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of flapper was circa 1570

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22 Nov 2020

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“Flapper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flapper. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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