dap

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See also: dåp and đập

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Onomatopoeic, from the sound made when a person runs while wearing daps.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dap ‎(plural daps)

  1. (Bristol, Wales, chiefly in the plural) A plimsoll.
    • 1988, Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library, Penguin Books (1988), page 169:
      I somehow expected them to shout obscenities, and was glad I had come ordinarily dressed, in a sports shirt, an old linen jacket, jeans and daps.

Verb[edit]

dap ‎(third-person singular simple present daps, present participle dapping, simple past and past participle dapped)

  1. (Bristol) To run or go somewhere quickly.
    I'll just dap down to the shop.
  2. 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.

Etymology 2[edit]

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US 1971,[1] originally by black soldiers during the Vietnam war,[2] associated with Black Power movement. Originally an elaborate handshake, later specifically a fistbump.

Verb originally give dap. Presumably onomatopoeic,[3] or influenced by tap, dab,[4] etc. Alternatively, from earlier slang usage as abbreviation of dapper. Also explained as an acronym, such as “Dignity for Afro People”[5] or “Dignity And Pride”;[6] this may be a backronym or unrelated,[4] but accords with phrasal use as “give DAP” (compare “give respect”). More speculative etymologies derive it from Vietnamese đẹp ‎(beautiful),[7] though this is unlikely.

Noun[edit]

dap ‎(plural daps)

  1. Elaborate handshake, especially hooking thumbs.
    • 1971, London Magazine, Volume 11, p. 33:
      ... where many officers look the other way when blacks ‘give dap’ (the power shake) ...
    • 1972, Sepia, Volume 21, p. 80:
      These bloods just give dap just so they won't be called Uncle Toms.
  2. A fistbump.

Verb[edit]

dap ‎(third-person singular simple present daps, present participle dapping, simple past and past participle dapped)

  1. To greet with a dap.

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Jury, The Vietnam photo book (1971), p. 27
  2. ^ The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English, p. 271
  3. ^ dap” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, p. 383
  5. ^ Donald Kirk, Tell it to the Dead: Stories of a War (1975), p. 235
  6. ^ Hamilton, LaMont (2014). "Five on the Black Hand Side: Origins and Evolutions of the Dap." Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Smithsonian Institution.
  7. ^ Encyclopedia of African American History, p. 1080
  • The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English (2009), p. 271

Anagrams[edit]


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Rafsi[edit]

dap

  1. rafsi of dapma.