Claptrap Definition

klăptrăp
noun
Absurd, insincere, or empty talk or writing.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary

A trick or device to gain applause; humbug.

Wiktionary

Empty verbiage or nonsense. [from early 19th c.]

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Other Word Forms of Claptrap

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claptrap
Plural:
claptraps

Origin of Claptrap

  • Theater slang, c. 1730, from clap and trap, referring to theatrical techniques or gags used to incite applause.

    From Wiktionary

  • Obsolete claptrap a theatrical trick to win applause clap trap

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

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