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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)
References in classic literature ?
The king he smiled eager, and shoved out his flapper, and says:
This flapper is likewise employed diligently to attend his master in his walks, and upon occasion to give him a soft flap on his eyes; because he is always so wrapped up in cogitation, that he is in manifest danger of falling down every precipice, and bouncing his head against every post; and in the streets, of justling others, or being justled himself into the kennel.
After dinner my company withdrew, and a person was sent to me by the king's order, attended by a flapper.
Among these the ladies choose their gallants: but the vexation is, that they act with too much ease and security; for the husband is always so rapt in speculation, that the mistress and lover may proceed to the greatest familiarities before his face, if he be but provided with paper and implements, and without his flapper at his side.
His majesty discovered not the least curiosity to inquire into the laws, government, history, religion, or manners of the countries where I had been; but confined his questions to the state of mathematics, and received the account I gave him with great contempt and indifference, though often roused by his flapper on each side.
While we were at dinner, I made bold to ask the names of several things in their language, and those noble persons, by the assistance of their flappers, delighted to give me answers, hoping to raise my admiration of their great abilities if I could be brought to converse with them.
He could not persuade himself that she was a woman; because he had known her as a flapper, he could not help looking upon her as a child still; yet the number of her admirers showed that she was a child no longer; and though they had only been down a few days one of Sally's cousins was already so attentive that she had to endure a lot of chaffing.
Well, there was Mystery,' the Mock Turtle replied, counting off the subjects on his flappers, `--Mystery, ancient and modern, with Seaography: then Drawling--the Drawling-master was an old conger-eel, that used to come once a week: HE taught us Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils.
If about a dozen genera of birds had become extinct or were unknown, who would have ventured to have surmised that birds might have existed which used their wings solely as flappers, like the logger-headed duck(Micropterus of Eyton); as fins in the water and front legs on the land, like the penguin; as sails, like the ostrich; and functionally for no purpose, like the Apteryx.
The mood of the nation was reflected in the clothes women wore: dark and muddy colours, serious and very formal suits and dresses for day, grown-up tailoring, the frivolous, feathery flapper styles of 10 years before quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Looking ready to deliver in a cheeky Kors black fringed flapper minidress, Klum joined her ``Project Runway'' pal designer Michael Kors at his Rodeo Drive boutique for an early celebration of their Emmy Award nomination for best reality show.
Flapper Jacks with Waffle Nowhere Near Dover Sole Egg on Face Pegasus Bridge Rolls Fingers of British Legion (two) *** Load of Tripe Normandy Chicken Toad in the Road Hole Duke of York Ham stuffed with Tongue Sliced Balls *** Completely Crackers Shameless Turnover Humble Pie