Origin of clapboardpartial translated, translation of Middle Dutch klapholt from klappen, to fit + holt, wood, board
Origin of clapboardprobably from clap + board
transitive verbclap·board·ed, clap·board·ing, clap·boards
Origin of clapboardPartial translation of Dutch klaphout klappen to split, crack Middle Dutch holt board
(countable and uncountable, plural clapboards)
- A narrow board, usually thicker at one edge than the other, used as siding for houses and similar structures of frame construction.
- (uncountable) Such boards, arranged horizontally and overlapping with thick edge down, collectively, as siding.
- (archaic, UK) An oak board of a size used for barrel staves.
(third-person singular simple present clapboards, present participle clapboarding, simple past and past participle clapboarded)
- To cover with clapboards.
- to clapboard the sides of a house