Flapper definition

flăpər
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A person or thing that flaps.
  • A flap.
  • A flipper.
  • Something broad and flat for striking.
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A young wild duck, partridge, etc. just learning to fly.
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(plumbing) A flapper valve in a toilet-flushing mechanism.
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A young woman in the 1920s whose dress and behavior showed disdain for conventional norms.
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(informal) In the 1920s, a young woman considered bold and unconventional.
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That which flaps.
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A broad flexible part, such as a flipper.
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(colloquial, now chiefly historical) A young woman, especially when unconventional or without decorum; now particularly associated with the 1920s. [from 19th c.]
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
flapper
Plural:
flappers

Origin of flapper

  • Sense 2, British Slang very young female prostitute, flapper possibly from flapper fledgling partridge or duck (from flap) or from dialectal flap loose or flighty girl

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

  • flap +‎ -er

    From Wiktionary