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)

Examples of flapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To the prudish disapproval of Robert’s parents (briefly seen Patricia Hodge and Julian Glover), this flamboyant flapper moves in as writing collaborator and ostensible child tutor. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 19 Jan. 2022 Ring in the new year in true 1920s flapper fashion in this multi-room party. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 27 Dec. 2021 There are hundreds of other Jazz Age relics that conflate the flapper and the crossword as icons of the Zeitgeist. Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 Like the flapper, she is liberated from the corsets and the customs of the Victorian age. Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 The flapper’s smooth, cylindrical shape, for example, was sometimes achieved with the help of a stretchy foundation garment. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2021 The flapper’s boyish silhouette became the ideal, leading to the popularity of the sautoir, a long necklace often ending in a tassel, strung with tiny pearls or gemstones, that nestled against the breastbone. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 Replace the flapper or the fill valve inside the tank. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Fitzgerald shows us the birth of the flapper: self-conscious, often vain, but a good sport and woman of her word. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, 8 Oct. 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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26 Jan 2022

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“Flapper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flapper. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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