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EtymologyEdit

Middle English flappe (slap)

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flap (plural flaps)

  1. Anything broad and flexible that hangs loose, or that is attached by one side or end and is easily moved.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      a cartilaginous flap upon the opening of the larynx
    • 1998 October, Robert H. Mohlenbrock, “Twin Peaks”, Natural History, volume 107, number 8, page 73: 
      The hairs guide the pollinating insect to the base of the petal, where there is a purplish nectary covered by a flap of tissue.
    a flap of a garment;   The envelope flap seemed curiously wrinkled.
  2. A hinged leaf, as of a table or shutter.
  3. An upset, stir, scandal or controversy
    The comment caused quite a flap in the newspapers.
  4. The motion of anything broad and loose, or a stroke or sound made with it.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.
    the flap of a sail;  the flap of a wing
  5. A disease in the lips of horses.
  6. (aviation) A hinged surface on the trailing edge of the wings of an aeroplane.
  7. (surgery) A piece of tissue incompletely detached from the body, as an intermediate stage of plastic surgery.
  8. (slang) The female genitals.

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Domestic pigeons flap their wings

flap (third-person singular simple present flaps, present participle flapping, simple past and past participle flapped)

  1. (transitive) To move (something broad and loose) back and forth.
    The crow slowly flapped its wings.
    • 2004, Robert Jordan, New Spring, page 316:
      He could be flapping his tongue about you right this minute to anybody who'll bloody listen.
An Australian flag flaps in the wind
  1. (intransitive) To move loosely back and forth.
    The flag flapped in the breeze.
    • 2011 September 29, Tom Rostance, “Stoke 2 - 1 Besiktas”, BBC Sport:
      Former Turkey goalkeeper Rustu Recber flapped at his first Delap throw but was given a soft free-kick by referee Antony Gautier.

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flap m (plural flappen, diminutive flapje n)

  1. flap (something flexible that is loose)
  2. (colloquial) banknote

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flap (plural flaps)

  1. blow, hit

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