1 [klap]
verb (used with object), clapped, clapping.
to strike the palms of (one's hands) against one another resoundingly, and usually repeatedly, especially to express approval: She clapped her hands in appreciation.
to strike (someone) amicably with a light, open-handed slap, as in greeting, encouragement, or the like: He clapped his friend on the back.
to strike (an object) against something quickly and forcefully, producing an abrupt, sharp sound, or a series of such sounds: to clap a book on the table.
to bring together forcefully (facing surfaces of the same object): She clapped the book shut.
to applaud (a performance, speech, speaker, etc.) by clapping the hands: The audience clapped the actors at the end of the act.
to put or place quickly or forcefully: to clap a lid on a jar; She clapped her hand over his mouth. They clapped him in jail.
to make or arrange hastily (often followed by up or together ).
verb (used without object), clapped, clapping.
to clap the hands, as to express approval; applaud: After the audience stopped clapping, the tenor sang two encores.
to make an abrupt, sharp sound, as of flat surfaces striking against one another: The shutters clapped in the wind.
to move or strike with such a sound: She clapped across the room in her slippers.
an act or instance of clapping.
the abrupt, sharp sound produced by clapping.
a resounding blow; slap.
a loud and abrupt or explosive noise, as of thunder.
a sudden stroke, blow, or act.
Printing. clapper ( def 5 ).
Obsolete. a sudden mishap.
clap eyes on. eye ( def 42 ).
clap hold of, Nautical. to take hold of.

1175–1225; Middle English clappen, Old English clæppan; cognate with Middle Low German kleppen Unabridged


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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World English Dictionary
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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Example sentences
And when the slap connected with his wet cheek, the loud clap stung my face in a phantom sort of way.
They might moan and shift around, but they do not look toward a loud hand clap or pull away from a pinch.
It was about the size of a baseball and shot up into the clouds, there was a huge clap of thunder that almost knocked me down.
As the huge banner billows in the wind, hundreds of watching villagers clap and
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