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

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More