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Topic: NATURE

Sense: 1-2
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: CLAP1
Sense: 3
Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: clapoir 'swelling on the skin'

clap

2 noun
     
clap2
1 [singular] the loud sound that you make when you hit your hands together many times to show that you enjoyed something
give somebody a clap British English
Come on everyone, let's give Tommy a clap.
2DN [singular] a sudden loud noise:
an ear-splitting clap of thunder
3MI

the clap

informal gonorrhea
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