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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [flap]
    • /flæp/
    • /ˈflæpɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [flap]
    • /flæp/

Definitions of flapping word

  • verb without object flapping to swing or sway back and forth loosely, especially with noise: A loose shutter flapped outside the window. 1
  • verb without object flapping to move up and down, as wings; flap the wings, or make similar movements. 1
  • verb without object flapping to strike a blow with something broad and flexible. 1
  • verb without object flapping Slang. to become excited or confused, especially under stress: a seasoned diplomat who doesn't flap easily. 1
  • verb with object flapping to move (wings, arms, etc.) up and down. 1
  • verb with object flapping to cause to swing or sway loosely, especially with noise. 1

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Origin of flapping

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English flappe a blow, slap, flappen to hit, slap; compare Dutch flap, flappen

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Parts of speech for Flapping


flapping popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

flapping usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for flapping

adjective flapping

  • volant — engaged in or having the power of flight.
  • volitant — engaged in or having the power of flight.
  • volar — pertaining to or used for flight.
  • flying — making flight or passing through the air; that flies: a flying insect; an unidentified flying object.
  • winging — either of the two forelimbs of most birds and of bats, corresponding to the human arms, that are specialized for flight.

Top questions with flapping

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