Onomatopoeic, from the sound made when a person runs while wearing daps.
dap (plural daps)
- (West Country, Somerset, Bristol, Wales, usually in the plural) A plimsoll.
- (Bristol) To run or go somewhere quickly.
- I'll just dap down to the shop.
- (metalworking) To create a hollow indentation.
- (fishing) To drop the bait gently onto the surface of the water.
Verb originally give dap. Presumably onomatopoeic, or influenced by tap, dab, etc. Alternatively, from earlier slang usage as abbreviation of dapper. Also explained as an acronym, such as “Dignity for Afro People” or “Dignity And Pride”; this may be a backronym or unrelated, but accords with phrasal use as “give DAP” (compare “give respect”). More speculative etymologies derive it from Vietnamese đẹp (“beautiful”), though this is unlikely.
dap (plural daps)
- (originally) Elaborate handshake, especially hooking thumbs.
- A fistbump.
- Synonym: dab
- To greet with a dap.
- giving dap on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English (2009), p. 271
- ^ Mark Jury, The Vietnam photo book (1971), p. 27
- ^ The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English, p. 271
- ^ “dap” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
- Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, p. 383
- ^ Donald Kirk, Tell it to the Dead: Stories of a War (1975), p. 235
- ^ Hamilton, LaMont (2014). "Five on the Black Hand Side: Origins and Evolutions of the Dap." Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Smithsonian Institution.
- ^ Encyclopedia of African American History, p. 1080
- Informal form of .
- J. Poole W. Barnes, A Glossary, with Some Pieces of Verse, of the Old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy (1867)