flap Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “flap” in the English Dictionary

"flap" in British English

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uk   us   /flæp/ (-pp-)

flap verb (WAVE)

[I or T] to ​wave something, ​especiallywings when or as if ​flying: A ​smallbird flapped ​itswingsfuriously and ​flew off. Flags flapped in the ​breeze above ​theirtents.


[I] UK informal to ​behave in a ​nervous and ​excited way: Don't flap - there's plenty of ​time to ​cook before they ​arrive. Stop flapping about/around!


uk   us   /flæp/


[C] a ​piece of ​cloth or other ​materialfixed along one ​edge, ​especially used for ​covering or ​closing something: a ​pocket flap a ​tent flap (= a ​piece of ​cloth that ​acts like a ​door) A ​small flap of ​skin can be ​seen above the ​wound.

flap noun (EXCITEMENT)

[S] mainly UK informal a ​state of ​nervousexcitement: She's in a flap because her ​parents are coming to ​visit. [S] US a lot of ​publicanger, ​excitement, or ​discussion: She ​claimed to have had an ​affair with the ​candidate, which ​produced a ​hugemedia flap.

flap noun (AIRCRAFT PART)

[C] specialized engineering part of the back of an ​aircraftwing that can be ​moved up or down to ​help the ​aircraft go up or down

flap noun (WAVE)

[C] the ​action of a ​birdwavingitswings when ​flying, or of something ​elsemoving in this way: A few flaps of ​itslongwings and the ​bird was gone.

flap noun (SPEECH SOUND)

[C] specialized phonetics a ​consonantsound made when the ​tonguemovesforward and down, and ​quicklytouches the alveolarridge
(Definition of flap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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flapverb [I/T]

 us   /flæp/ (-pp-)

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 ​smallbird flapped ​itswings. [I] Flags flapped in the ​breeze.

flapnoun [C]

 us   /flæp/

flap noun [C] (PIECE)

a ​piece of ​cloth or other ​materialattached 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 ​parents’ ​visit.

flap noun [C] (WAVE)

a ​wavingmovement from ​side to ​side or up and down: The ​birdflew into the ​air with a flap of ​itswings.
(Definition of flap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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