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1. A broad flexible part, such as a flipper.
2. A young woman of the 1920s who rebelled against conventional ideas of ladylike behavior and dress.

[Sense 2, British Slang, very young female prostitute, flapper, possibly from flapper, fledgling partridge or duck (from flap) or from dialectal flap, loose or flighty girl.]


1. a person or thing that flaps
2. (Historical Terms) (in the 1920s) a young woman, esp one flaunting her unconventional dress and behaviour


(ˈflæp ər)

1. something broad and flat used for striking.
2. a broad flat hinged or hanging piece; flap.
3. a young woman flouting conventional behavior esp. in the 1920s.


A name applied in the 1920s to young women who behaved in public in a somewhat risqu? manner.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Flapper - a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dressflapper - a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress
fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman - a young woman; "a young lady of 18"


[ˈflæpəʳ] N (Hist) → joven f a la moda (de los 1920)
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By the dawn of the 1920s and the advent of the boyish garconne ideal, women began to wear far fewer clothes than ever before, and it became acceptable to apply make-up or smoke a cigarette in public.
Admittedly, he's influenced by early 1900s French fashion legend and grand couturier Paul Poiret, who made silk Japanese kimonos and harem pants that crossed the gender divide for a kind of androgynous flapper woman he called "la garconne.
of Melbourne) explores representations of the "masculine woman" in the print press of Weimar Germany, arguing that various female figures understood as masculinized ("the sophisticated Garconne, the muscular female athlete, or the `virile' homosexual woman") functioned alternately as ideological template, role model, interpretive lens, and scapegoat for German audiences anxious about female emancipation, the role of women in the world of work, or changing gender roles in the family.
Her breakthrough came as La Garconne (The Girl in Blue) in Nijinska's Les Biches, which was restaged for The Royal Ballet in 1964.
E le campane fan din don, e gia s'inizia la funzion, son la, le donne inginocchiate, scollate, truccate, Non hanno in capo il velo nero ma il cappellino coi pompons e sembran tante belle Otero con i capelli alia garconne.