intransitive verbdapped, dap′ping
- to fish by dropping the bait gently onto the surface of the water
- to dip lightly into water, as a bird
- to bounce or skip
Origin of dapvariant, variety of dab, uncertain or unknown; perhaps influenced, influence by dip
intransitive verbdapped, dap·ping, daps
- To fish by letting a baited hook fall gently onto the water.
- To dip lightly or quickly into water, as a bird does.
- To skip or bounce, especially over the surface of water.
Origin of dapProbably alteration of dab 1
- An elaborate gesture of greeting developed by African American soldiers during the Vietnam War, usually consisting of a handshake and other maneuvers such as hand slaps and a fist bump.
- A fist bump.
transitive verbdapped, dap·ping, daps
Origin of dapAfrican American Vernacular English of unknown origin
- (Bristolian, Wales, usually in plural) A plimsoll.
(third-person singular simple present daps, present participle dapping, simple past and past participle dapped)
- (Bristolian) To run or go somewhere quickly.
- I'll just dap down to the shop.
- To do some form of dipping, dabbing, or bouncing action. (See Dapping.)
- Sinking in metalworking is the technique of creating a hollow indentation, also known as doming, dishing or dapping.
- dapping is to rebound or adopt a rebounding action, e.g. to fish by letting the bait dip and bob lightly onto the water, in the manner that some insects lay eggs in the water.
Onomatopoeic, from the sound made when a person runs while wearing daps.