happy-clappy


Also found in: Wikipedia.

happy-clappy

(ˈhæpɪˈklæpɪ)
adj
(Christian Churches, other) of or denoting a form of evangelical Christianity in which members of the congregation sing and clap enthusiastically during acts of worship
n, pl -pies
(Christian Churches, other) Also called: happy clapper an enthusiastic evangelical Christian

happy-clappy

- Refers to any Christian congregation that is extremely enthusiastic, loud, and musical.
See also related terms for loud.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
A happy-clappy peace camp in the US should be the perfect escape when your Egyptian family's freaking out about your private life.
Which serves to remind me that, for all my happy-clappy spider appreciation, there is critical mass of spiders beyond which I am liable to freak.
In Silicon Valley and across the tech industries, the concept of zero-waste is no longer just a happy-clappy invitation to go green, but a fully-fledged work philosophy that eliminates wasted intellectual effort.
There is zero subtlety at play here in this happy-clappy jamboree, but if you don't get at least some enjoyment out of Trolls then you're probably dead inside.
Tim is the new happy-clappy leader for the Lib Dems.
Ironic that both bands were so political and strong advocates of happy-clappy socialism and equality.
The screams from the rollercoasters and whoops from happy-clappy workers seemed inappropriate.
I suspected he might have some underlying happy-clappy tendencies, but if he did they were held in check by the uncomprehending stares of a bunch of irregular worshippers and his organist.
There are other names for Christians - happy-clappy or Bible-punching.
Snaking lines of bedraggled people, dragging sleeping bags and fold-up chairs behind them, hiding their faces from the banks of press cameras and looking slightly embarrassed at the cult-like, happy-clappy Apple store staff cheer them into the shiny Apple store.
England 4, Moldova 0 to send some happy-clappy kids into a Mexican wave and corporate Johnnies to another bottle of Chablis.
It's no wonder people are put off going to traditional churches, choosing instead touchyfeely, happy-clappy outfits, when most of the time-serving parishioners are as open to new ideas as Chairman Mao.