AskDefine | Define clap

Dictionary Definition



1 a sudden very loud noise [syn: bang, eruption, blast, loud noise]
2 a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra [syn: gonorrhea, gonorrhoea]
3 a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated [syn: clack]


1 put quickly or forcibly; "The judge clapped him in jail"
2 cause to strike the air in flight; "The big bird clapped its wings"
3 clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval [syn: applaud, spat, acclaim] [ant: boo]
4 clap one's hands together; "The children were clapping to the music" [syn: spat]
5 strike the air in flight; "the wings of the birds clapped loudly"
6 strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting
7 strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise; "clap two boards together" [also: clapping, clapped]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /klæp/
  • Rhymes with: -æp


  1. The act of striking the palms of the hands, or any two surfaces, together.
    He summoned the waiter with a clap.
  2. Any loud, sudden, explosive sound made by striking hard surfaces together, or resembling such a sound.
    She shut her diary with a loud clap.
    Off in the distance, he heard the clap of thunder.
  3. A slap with the hand, usually in a jovial manner.
    His father's affection never went further than a handshake or a clap on the shoulder.
  4. (always as “the clap”) Gonorrhea.
    He wasn't careful; he caught both syphilis and the clap.
  5. (Yorkshire dialect) A dropping of cow dung (presumably from the sound made as it hits the ground)
    • 1890, John Nicholson, Folk Lore of East Yorkshire, page 139
    “Oh ! get some coo clap (cow dung), mix it wi’ fish oil (whale oil), put it on, and let it stop on all neet.”

Derived terms


  1. To strike the palms of the hands together, creating a sharp sound.
    The children began to clap in time with the music.
  2. To applaud.
    The audience loudly clapped the actress, who responded with a deep curtsey.
    It isn’t the singers they are clapping, it's the composer.
  3. To slap with the hand in a jovial manner.
    He would often clap his teammates on the back for encouragement.
  4. To bring two surfaces together forcefully, creating a sharp sound.
    He clapped the empty glass down on the table.
    She clapped the book shut.
    He clapped across the floor in his boots.
  5. To create or assemble (something) hastily (usually followed by up or together).
    We should clap together a shelter before nightfall.
    The rival factions clapped up a truce.
  6. To set or put, usually in haste.
    The sheriff clapped him in jail.
    She was the prettiest thing I'd ever clapped eyes on, she was.


To strike the palms of the hands together
  • German: klatschen
To applaud by clapping the hands
  • German: klatschen
  • Hebrew: מחא כפיים
  • Japanese: 拍手する
  • Kurdish: چه‌پڵه‌ لێدان
  • Turkish: şak

See also





Extensive Definition

Clap may refer to:
The clap may refer to:
  • The Clapper, a gadget that using a sound activated switch sensitive to clapping
  • Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease

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