clapper

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

clap +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

clapper (plural clappers)

  1. One who claps.
  2. An object so suspended inside a bell that it may hit the bell and cause it to ring.
  3. A wooden mechanical device used as a scarecrow; bird-scaring rattle, a wind-rattle or a wind-clapper.
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Verb[edit]

clapper (third-person singular simple present clappers, present participle clappering, simple past and past participle clappered)

  1. (transitive) To ring a bell by pulling a rope attached to the clapper.
    • 1903, Baron Edmund Beckett Grimthorpe, A rudimentary treatise on clocks and watches and bells:
      It is still necessary to warn clergymen against allowing the lazy and pernicious practice of 'clappering,' i.e. tying the bell-rope to the clapper, and pulling it instead of the bell.

Etymology 2[edit]

French clapier.

Noun[edit]

clapper (plural clappers)

  1. (obsolete) A rabbit burrow.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


French[edit]

Verb[edit]

clapper

  1. to click (the tongue)

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