from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A broad flexible part, such as a flipper.
- n. A young woman, especially one in the 1920s who showed disdain for conventional dress and behavior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That which flaps.
- n. A flipper.
- n. A flapper valve in a toilet-flushing mechanism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, flaps.
- n. See Flipper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which flaps.
- n. A reminder; something designed to fix or divert the attention: in allusion to the flappers of Laputa. See extract from Swift, above.
- n. A young bird when first trying its wings; especially, a young wild duck which cannot fly, but flaps along on the water.
- n. Same as flapper-skate.
- n. plural Very long shoes worn by negro minstrels.
- n. plural Hinged channelod irons attached to the top of the low portion of the door of a landau. When up, they support the door-glass frame: when the glass is lowered, they fall flat upon the door-bar.
- n. In crustaceans, the tail, or the telson together with the appendages of the last abdominal segment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress
If you've spent your time in the boardroom telling Donald that Mary should be fired, that she's an emotional bitch who can't keep her mouth shut and her big fat flapper is bringing down the team's morale, do not say that you have respect for her.
But the Charleston didn't hit till 1923, and the word flapper had been used as early as 1920.
The metal buckles had jangled and flapped, which is how the name flapper came about.
Margaret Mitchell had been a genuine "flapper" - blackballed from the Junior League for a "daring" French apache dance she performed at an Atlanta ball.
But the flapper was the flapper; and it was the only way ever to see that tomb.
He recalled the flapper who had so boldly met his glance.
They had called the flapper aside and apparently told her something for her own good, though the flapper had not liked it, and had told them with much spirit that they were to perfectly mind their own affairs.
It was true that I did not need the dress, because I never went anywhere and was only a flapper (it's almost more unpleasant to be called a flapper than a "mouth to feed"); still, the real pleasure of having a thing is when you don't need it, but just want it.
"A flapper is a very charming person," protested Everett.
In 1921, the original officers, dubbed the "flapper squad'' in the press, were hired to watch out for young women in the city, who authorities feared were falling prey to "mashers,'' skirt-chasers who lurked in movie theaters, parks, and beaches.