Flap - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |flæp|  American pronunciation of the word flap
Brit.  |flæp|  British pronunciation of the word flap


- any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely
- an excited state of agitation(syn: dither, fuss, pother, tizzy)
- the motion made by flapping up and down (syn: flapping, flutter, fluttering)
- a movable piece of tissue partly connected to the body
- a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag (syn: flaps)


- move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion (syn: roll, undulate, wave)
- move noisily
- move with a thrashing motion(syn: beat)
- move with a flapping motion(syn: beat)
- make a fuss; be agitated (syn: dither, pother)
- pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds


She opened the tent flap and crawled outside.

the inside flap of a book's cover

The breeze flapped the sails.

The flag flapped in the breeze.

The bird's wings were flapping.

We heard the flap of the door on the back porch.

Everything was working smoothly, there was no flap.

A flap covered the entrance to the tent.

They flapped down on their knees before the Bishop.

That shutter flaps every time there's a wind.

I flapped my door and locked it.

The swift does not flap its wings so often as the swallow.

We pursued our way, flapping lazily alongside of the "pack".

Do stop flapping about, we'll get the job done in time.

A loose flap of skin covered the wound.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: flap
he/she/it: flaps
present participle: flapping
past tense: flapped
past participle: flapped
singular: flap
plural: flaps
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