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  • IPA(key): /ˈflæpɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -æpɪŋ



flapping (not comparable)

  1. that flaps or flap
    flapping sails

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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.
  3. (computing, telecommunications) The situation where a resource, a network destination, etc., is advertised as being available and then unavailable (or available by different routes) in rapid succession.
  4. (uncountable) The unlicensed racing of horses or greyhounds.
    • 2009, Mark Clapson, The Routledge Companion to Britain in the Twentieth Century, page 332:
      Greyhound racing had its origins in whippet racing, which was derived in turn from hare coursing. By the early twentieth century, however, a form of dog racing held in 'flapping tracks' was a common pastime in the wastelands near working-class areas of industrial cities.
    • 2016, Gerald Hammond, The Language of Horse Racing, page 81:
      Flapping is racing which is not licensed by the Jockey Club. [] Anyone found participating in, or even attending, flapping races is liable to be warned off.
    • 2016, David Matthews, Man Buys Dog:
      Flapping is the arse end of greyhound racing, the lowest of the low. Part sport, part fairground attraction, flapping is the bare-knuckle fighting of dog racing.




  1. present participle and gerund of flap