Claptrap meaning

klăptrăp
Pretentious, insincere, or empty language.
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Absurd, insincere, or empty talk or writing.
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A trick or device to gain applause; humbug.
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Empty verbiage or nonsense. [from early 19th c.]
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Origin of claptrap

  • Obsolete claptrap a theatrical trick to win applause clap trap

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

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

    From Wiktionary