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[klap] /klæp/
noun, Slang: Vulgar.
1.
gonorrhea (often preceded by the).
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; akin to Middle French clapoir bubo, clapier brothel, Old Provençal clapier warren
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British Dictionary definitions for the-clap

clap1

/klæp/
verb 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.
(transitive) to strike (a person) lightly with an open hand, in greeting, encouragement, etc
4.
(transitive) to place or put quickly or forcibly: they clapped him into jail
5.
(of certain birds) to flap (the wings) noisily
6.
(transitive; 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
noun
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
Word Origin
Old English clæppan; related to Old High German klepfen, Middle Dutch klape rattle, Dutch klepel clapper; all of imitative origin

clap2

/klæp/
noun
1.
the clap, a slang word for gonorrhoea
Word Origin
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 and History for the-clap

clap

v.

Old English clæppan "to throb, beat," common West Germanic, echoic (cf. Old Frisian klapa "to beat," Old Norse klappa, Old High German klaphon, German klappen, Old Saxon klapunga). Meaning "to strike or knock" is from c.1300. Meaning "to make a sharp noise" is late 14c. Of hands, to beat them together to get attention or express joy, from late 14c. To clap (someone) on the back is from 1520s. Related: Clapped; clapping.

n.

"loud noise," c.1200, from clap (v.). Of thunder, late 14c. Meaning "sudden blow" is from c.1400; meaning "noise made by slapping the palms of the hands together" is from 1590s.

"gonorrhea," 1580s, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English clapper "rabbit-hole," from Old French clapoire (Modern French clapier), originally "rabbit burrow" (of uncertain origin), but given a slang extension to "brothel" and also the name of a disease of some sort. In English originally also a verb, "to infect with clap." Related: Clap-doctor.

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the-clap in Medicine

clap (klāp)
n.
Gonorrhea. Often used with the.

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