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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klap]
    • /klæp/
    • /klæp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klap]
    • /klæp/

Definitions of clap word

  • verb clap When you clap, you hit your hands together to show appreciation or attract attention. 3
  • verb clap Clap is also a noun. 3
  • verb clap If you clap your hand or an object onto something, you put it there quickly and firmly. 3
  • verb clap If you clap someone on the back or on the shoulder, you hit their back or shoulder with your hand in a friendly way. 3
  • countable noun clap A clap of thunder is a sudden and loud noise of thunder. 3
  • verb clap to make or cause to make a sharp abrupt sound, as of two nonmetallic objects struck together 3

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Origin of clap

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English clappen, Old English clæppan; cognate with Middle Low German kleppen

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Clap


clap popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

clap usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clap

verb clap

  • cheer — When people cheer, they shout loudly to show their approval or to encourage someone who is doing something such as taking part in a game.
  • pat — to strike lightly or gently with something flat, as with a paddle or the palm of the hand, usually in order to flatten, smooth, or shape: to pat dough into flat pastry forms.
  • bang — If something bangs, it makes a sudden loud noise, once or several times.
  • slap — a gap or opening, as in a fence, wall, cloud bank, or line of troops.
  • approve — If you approve of an action, event, or suggestion, you like it or are pleased about it.

noun clap

  • tap — Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol
  • thrust — to push forcibly; shove; put or drive with force: He thrust his way through the crowd. She thrust a dagger into his back.
  • wallop — to beat soundly; thrash.
  • applause — Applause is the noise made by a group of people clapping their hands to show approval.
  • blast — A blast is a big explosion, especially one caused by a bomb.

Antonyms for clap

verb clap

  • disapprove — to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
  • censure — If you censure someone for something that they have done, you tell them that you strongly disapprove of it.
  • denounce — If you denounce a person or an action, you criticize them severely and publicly because you feel strongly that they are wrong or evil.
  • boo — If you boo a speaker or performer, you shout 'boo' or make other loud sounds to indicate that you do not like them, their opinions, or their performance.

noun clap

  • failure — an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success: His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.
  • loss — detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery.

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