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 another, Kylie is wearing a red flapper-style dress and flipping her hair as Travis looks on, rocking a silver button-up and snakeskin-print tie. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Are GQ Magazine's August Cover Stars," 17 July 2018 Guests were transported back to the roaring twenties thanks to the night's Masquerade Retrograde theme, bringing out everyone's inner flapper and Charlie Chaplin enthusiast. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, "The AMNH Museum Dance is Your Childhood Dream Come True," 18 Apr. 2015 Flanagan’s ravenous haunted house is full of terrors like the broken-necked lady, the demonic flapper, and the seductive room — all of them adding to the show’s shiver-inducing atmosphere. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House uses color to underscore its horror," 26 Oct. 2018 One of France’s most famous couturiers in between the two World Wars, Patou was credited with popularizing the cardigan, inventing the tennis skirt and killing the flapper style. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 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

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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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