- Present participle of clap.
- The action by which someone or something claps.
From clap + -ing.
Variant of clap
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
Informal to catch sight of; see