Two people about to clap their hands together.
- The definition of a clap is the sound made when you hit your hands together, or a sharp sound.
- An example of a clap is the sound made when someone applauds a performance.
- An example of a clap is a loud sound of thunder during a storm.
- The clap is defined as a slang term for Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease.
An example of the clap is what you might get tested for at a STD clinic.
- To clap means to hit the palms of the hands together to make a loud sound.
An example of clap is what an audience does to respond to a band singing a power ballad.
intransitive verbclapped, clapping
- to make a sudden, explosive sound, as of two flat surfaces being struck together
- to strike the palms of the hands together, as in applauding
Origin of clapMiddle English clappen ; from Old English clæppan, to throb, beat; akin to Old Norse klapp, Old High German klapf, clap, crack: origin, originally echoic
- to strike together briskly and loudly
- Rare to applaud by clapping the hands
- to strike with an open hand, as in hearty greeting or encouragement
- to put, move, set, etc. swiftly: clapped into jail
- to put together or contrive hastily: to clap together a makeshift stage
- a sudden, explosive sound, as of clapping: a clap of thunder
- the act of striking the hands together, as in applauding
- a sharp slap, as in hearty greeting
clap eyes on
Origin of clap; from Middle English claper, brothel, origin, originally rabbit burrow ; from Old French clapier
verbclapped clapped, clap·ping, claps
- To strike the palms of the hands together with a sudden explosive sound, as in applauding.
- To come together suddenly with a sharp sound.
- To strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another: clapped a book on the desk.
- To strike (the hands) together with an abrupt, loud sound, usually repeatedly: clapped hands in time to the music.
- To strike lightly but firmly with the open hand, as in greeting: clapped me on the shoulder.
- To put or place quickly and firmly: clapped the purse snatcher in jail; clapped a lid on the box.
- To arrange hastily: clapped together a plan.
- The act or sound of clapping the hands.
- A sudden, loud, explosive sound: a clap of thunder.
- A sharp blow with the open hand; a slap.
- Obsolete A sudden stroke of fortune, especially of bad luck.
Origin of clapMiddle English clappen, from Old English clæppan, clappian, to throb, and from Old Norse klappa, to clap, pat.
Origin of clapProbably from obsolete French clapoir, bubo, from Old French clapier, brothel, from Old Provençal, rabbit warren, from clap, heap of stones, perhaps of Celtic origin.
- The act of striking the palms of the hands, or any two surfaces, together.
- He summoned the waiter with a clap.
- The explosive sound of thunder.
- Any loud, sudden, explosive sound made by striking hard surfaces together, or resembling such a sound.
- Off in the distance, he heard the clap of thunder.
- A slap with the hand, usually in a jovial manner.
- His father's affection never went further than a handshake or a clap on the shoulder.
- A single, sudden act or motion; a stroke; a blow.
- (falconry) The nether part of the beak of a hawk.
- (Yorkshire) A dropping of cow dung (presumably from the sound made as it hits the ground)
(third-person singular simple present claps, present participle clapping, simple past and past participle clapped)
- To strike the palms of the hands together, creating a sharp sound.
- The children began to clap in time with the music.
- To applaud.
- The audience loudly clapped the actress, who responded with a deep curtsey.
- It isn’t the singers they are clapping; it's the composer.
- To slap with the hand in a jovial manner.
- He would often clap his teammates on the back for encouragement.
- To bring two surfaces together forcefully, creating a sharp sound.
- He clapped the empty glass down on the table.
- She clapped the book shut.
- He clapped across the floor in his boots.
- To come together suddenly with noise.
- To create or assemble (something) hastily (usually followed by up or together).
- We should clap together a shelter before nightfall.
- The rival factions clapped up a truce.
- To set or put, usually in haste.
- The sheriff clapped him in jail.
- She was the prettiest thing I'd ever clapped eyes on.
- (slang, African American Vernacular) To shoot (somebody) with a gun.
From Old English clæppan.
- (slang, with "the") Gonorrhea.
- I'm gonna kill that bitch for giving me the clap!
- If your dick has "the drip" you probably have the clap and need to go to the sex clinic.
- He wasn't careful; he caught both syphilis and the clap.