Clap - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |klæp|  American pronunciation of the word clap
Brit.  |klæp|  British pronunciation of the word clap


- a sudden very loud noise (syn: bam, bang, blast, eruption)
- a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra (syn: gonorrhea, gonorrhoea)
- a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated (syn: clack)
- put quickly or forcibly
- cause to strike the air in flight
- clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval (syn: acclaim, applaud, spat)
- clap one's hands together (syn: spat)
- strike the air in flight
- strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting
- strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise


She clapped in delight when she heard the news.

The audience clapped to the beat of the music.

The conductor clapped her hands twice, and the musicians stopped talking and prepared to play.

He clapped his friend on the shoulder.

He clapped his hand over his mouth when he realized what he had said.

He clapped his hat on his head and went out the door.

She clapped a muzzle on the dog.

The prisoners were clapped in irons.

The audience clapped the singer.

The children clapped out a regular time while the teacher played the tune.

The door clapped to.

The girl clapped the door to as she left.

They clapped him into jail.

The two thieves were clapped into prison.

He mounted, clapped to his spurs, and set off a-galloping.

Phrasal verbs

clap on  — apply carelessly
clap up  — make hastily and carelessly

Word forms

I/you/we/they: clap
he/she/it: claps
present participle: clapping
past tense: clapped
past participle: clapped
singular: clap
plural: claps
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