2 [klap]
noun Slang: Vulgar.
gonorrhea (often preceded by the ).

1580–90; akin to Middle French clapoir bubo, clapier brothel, Old Provençal clapier warren Unabridged
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clap1 (klæp)
vb , claps, clapping, clapped
1.  to make or cause to make a sharp abrupt sound, as of two nonmetallic objects struck together
2.  to applaud (someone or something) by striking the palms of the hands together sharply
3.  (tr) to strike (a person) lightly with an open hand, in greeting, encouragement, etc
4.  (tr) to place or put quickly or forcibly: they clapped him into jail
5.  (of certain birds) to flap (the wings) noisily
6.  (tr; foll by up or together) to contrive or put together hastily: they soon clapped up a shed
7.  informal clap eyes on to catch sight of
8.  informal clap hold of to grasp suddenly or forcibly
9.  the sharp abrupt sound produced by striking the hands together
10.  the act of clapping, esp in applause: he deserves a good clap
11.  a sudden sharp sound, esp of thunder
12.  a light blow
13.  archaic a sudden action or mishap
[Old English clæppan; related to Old High German klepfen, Middle Dutch klape rattle, Dutch klepel clapper; all of imitative origin]

clap2 (klæp)
the clap a slang word for gonorrhoea
[C16: from Old French clapoir venereal sore, from clapier brothel, from Old Provençal, from clap heap of stones, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. clæppan "to throb, beat," echoic. Of thunder, late 14c. Clapper "tongue of a bell" is from 1379.

"gonorrhea," 1587, of unknown origin, perhaps from M.E. claper, from O.Fr. clapoire, originally "rabbit burrow" but given a slang extension to "brothel." Originally also a v., "to infect with clap."
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Medical Dictionary

clap (klāp)
gonorrhea. Often used with the.

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