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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In the 1920s, skirts rose to knee-length, and flappers rolled their silk stockings down to below the knee to flash a bit of skin. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Fashions of 1920s shimmer and shine in ‘Downton Abbey’ the movie," 17 Sep. 2019 Auntie Lee had never married and lived with a female friend; my mother told me she’d been a flapper in the 1920s. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1349: Not for every taste," 13 Sep. 2019 Davis was born in 1926; that number appears onscreen, introducing a rapid-fire montage of familiar nineteen-twenties iconography of flappers and Prohibition, streetcars and propeller planes. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” and the Problem of the Archive," 29 Aug. 2019 In that context, without a cigarette, without her flapper do, without the brick wall or the glowing light or the cleavage or the priest, the jumpsuit lost its mystique. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Fashions Fade, But Fleabag Is Forever," 8 June 2019 Jonas opted for a modern take on a flapper minidress with feathery accents and silver heels. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The J Sisters Skipped the Red Carpet at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards—But They Still Dressed Up," 27 Aug. 2019 Once, without showering or putting on makeup, Meredith threw on a white flapper dress and went to a formal. Andrea Askowitz, Glamour, "I’m 51, and I’ve Never Looked Better," 8 Aug. 2019 Everybody has enjoyed the flappers and the Gatsby and all of that sort of flashy stuff. Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "The Bootleg King and the Ambitious Prosecutor Who Took Him Down," 1 Aug. 2019 Christopher Smith’s photographs are technically self-portraits, though each evokes someone else: a sullen detective, a naked gladiator, a flapper, an inmate, a sword swallower, a cowboy, a choirboy, a corpse. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Photographer’s Elaborate Transformations in His Childhood Bedroom," 18 July 2019

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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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