From Middle English flap, flappe (“a slap; blow; buffet; fly-flap; something flexible or loose; flap”), related to Middle Dutch flabbe ("a blow; slap on the face; fly-flap; flap"; > Modern Dutch flap (“flap”)), Middle Low German flabbe, vlabbe, flebbe, from the verb (see below). Related also to English flab and flabby.
flap (plural flaps)
- 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.
- Sir Thomas Browne
- A hinged leaf, as of a table or shutter.
- A side fin of a ray - also termed a wing.
- An upset, stir, scandal or controversy
- The comment caused quite a flap in the newspapers.
- The motion of anything broad and loose, or a stroke or sound made with it.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in 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
- A disease in the lips of horses.
- (aviation) A hinged surface on the trailing edge of the wings of an aeroplane.
- (phonetics) A consonant sound made by a single muscle contraction, such as the sound [ɾ] in the standard American English pronunciation of body.
- (surgery) A piece of tissue incompletely detached from the body, as an intermediate stage of plastic surgery.
- (slang) The female genitals.
- (upset): Wikisaurus:commotion
- (aeroplane): flaperon
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From Middle English flappen (“to flap; clap; slap; strike”). Compare Dutch flappen (“to flap”), German Low German flappen (“to flap”), German flappen (“to flap”), Dutch flabberen (“to flit; flap”).
- (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.
- (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.