flapping

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

flapping (not comparable)

  1. That flaps or flap.
    flapping sails

Noun[edit]

flapping (countable and uncountable, plural flappings)

  1. An instance where one flaps.
  2. (phonology) A phonological process found in many dialects of English, especially American English and Canadian English, by which intervocalic /t/ and /d/ surface as the alveolar flap /ɾ/ before an unstressed syllable, so that words such as "metal" and "medal" are pronounced similarly or identically.

Verb[edit]

flapping

  1. Present participle of flap.

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