Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “flap”

flap

verb [I/T]  /flæp/ (-pp-) us  

flap verb [I/T] (WAVE)

(of a bird’s wings) to wave up and down while flying, or (of objects that cannot fly) to move quickly from side to side or up and down: [T] A small bird flapped its wings. [I] Flags flapped in the breeze.

flap

noun [C]  /flæp/ us  

flap noun [C] (PIECE)

a piece of cloth or other material attached along one edge to something else: a pocket/tent flap

flap noun [C] (EMOTIONAL STATE)

a state of excitement or worry: She caused a big flap when she told her husband about her parentsvisit.

flap noun [C] (WAVE)

a waving movement from side to side or up and down: The bird flew into the air with a flap of its wings.
(Definition of flap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of flap?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Lids, covers and stoppers, but you might be interested in these topics from the Containers and vessels topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “flap” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

throw

to send something through the air with force, especially by a sudden movement of the arm

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More