Onomatopoeic, from the sound made when a person runs while wearing daps.
dap (plural daps)
- (Bristol, Wales, chiefly in the plural) A plimsoll.
- (Bristol) To run or go somewhere quickly.
- I'll just dap down to the shop.
- To do some form of dipping, dabbing, or bouncing action. (See Dapping.)
- Sinking in metalworking is the technique of creating a hollow indentation, also known as doming, dishing or dapping.
- dapping is to rebound or adopt a rebounding action, e.g. to fish by letting the bait dip and bob lightly onto the water, in the manner that some insects lay eggs in 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)
- Elaborate handshake, especially hooking thumbs.
- A fistbump.
- To greet with a dap.
- ^ 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–.
- 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
- The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English (2009), p. 271
- Informal form of da.
- 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)