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Etymology

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flapping +‎ -ly

Adverb

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flappingly (comparative more flappingly, superlative most flappingly)

  1. With a flapping motion.
    • 1592, Francesco Colonna, translated by Robert Dallington, Hypnerotomachia[1], London: Simon Waterson, page 15:
      His rigged large ears like a Fox-hounde flappingly pendent, whose vast stature was little lesse, then a verye naturall Olyphant.
    • 1837, Theodore Hook, chapter 9, in Jack Brag[2], volume 1, London: Richard Bentley, page 287:
      When he talked, he pawed the air with his hands flappingly, something after the fashion of a kangaroo []
    • 1933, Ben Ames Williams, chapter 5, in Pascal’s Mill[3], New York: Dutton, page 75:
      His blue overalls, faded from many washings, fitted him flappingly.
    • 1969, Kurt Vonnegut, chapter 3, in Slaughterhouse-Five[4], New York: Dial, published 2005, page 80:
      There was a crippled man down there [] . Convulsions made the man dance flappingly all the time, made him change his expressions, too, as though he were trying to imitate various famous movie stars.