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Definition of "clapper" [clap•per]

  • One who applauds. (noun)
  • The tongue of a bell. (noun)
  • Slang The tongue of a garrulous person. (noun)
  • Two flat pieces of wood held between the fingers and struck together rhythmically. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "clapper" in a sentence
  • "The rail of the saltmarshes, the clapper, which is more commonly heard than seen."
  • "An '' er tongue, it jes rattle lak a clapper in a bell."
  • "Her sense of ruin was like lead, but was somehow the cause of exultation in her heart as the clapper is the cause of the peal of a bell."