Clap Definition

klăp
clapped, clapping, claps
verb
clapped, clapping, claps
To strike the palms of the hands together, as in applauding.
Webster's New World
To make a sudden, explosive sound, as of two flat surfaces being struck together.
Webster's New World
To applaud by clapping the hands.
Webster's New World
To strike together briskly and loudly.
Webster's New World
To put together or contrive hastily.
To clap together a makeshift stage.
Webster's New World
Advertisement
noun
claps
A sudden, explosive sound, as of clapping.
A clap of thunder.
Webster's New World
The act of striking the hands together, as in applauding.
Webster's New World
A sharp slap, as in hearty greeting.
Webster's New World
Gonorrhea.
Webster's New World
A sudden stroke of fortune, especially of bad luck.
American Heritage
Advertisement
idiom
clap eyes on
  • to catch sight of; see
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Clap

Noun

Singular:
clap
Plural:
claps

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Clap

Origin of Clap

  • Probably from obsolete French clapoir bubo from Old French clapier brothel from Old Provençal rabbit warren from clap heap of stones perhaps of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English clappen from Old English clæppan, clappian to throb, and from Old Norse klappa to clap, pat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to clap using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

clap
Advertisement