(noun, verb)


1. a sudden very loud noise

Similar word(s): bam, bang, blast, eruption

Definition categories: event, noise

2. a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra

Similar word(s): gonorrhea, gonorrhoea

Definition categories: state, dose

3. a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated

Similar word(s): clack

Definition categories: event, noise

Sentences with clap as a noun:

- He summoned the waiter with a clap.

- Off in the distance, he heard the clap of thunder.

- His father's affection never went further than a handshake or a clap on the shoulder.

- He wasn't careful; he caught both syphilis and the clap.


1. put quickly or forcibly

- The judge clapped him in jail

Definition categories: contact, lay, place, pose, position, put, set

2. cause to strike the air in flight

- The big bird clapped its wings

Definition categories: motion, beat, flap

3. clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval

Similar word(s): acclaim, applaud, spat

Definition categories: communication, gesticulate, gesture, motion

4. clap one's hands together

- The children were clapping to the music

Similar word(s): spat

Definition categories: body, gesticulate, gesture, motion

5. strike the air in flight

- the wings of the birds clapped loudly

Definition categories: motion, beat, flap

6. strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting

Definition categories: contact, hit

7. strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise

- clap two boards together

Definition categories: contact, hit

Sentences with clap as a verb:

- The children began to clap in time with the music.

- The audience loudly clapped the actress, who responded with a deep curtsey.

- It isn’t the singers they are clapping; it's the composer.

- He would often clap his teammates on the back for encouragement.

- He clapped the empty glass down on the table.

- She clapped the book shut.

- He clapped across the floor in his boots.

- We should clap together a shelter before nightfall.

- The rival factions clapped up a truce.

- The sheriff clapped him in jail.

- She was the prettiest thing I'd ever clapped eyes on.