claptrap


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clap·trap

 (klăp′trăp′)
n.
Pretentious, insincere, or empty language: "I hate ... that air / Of claptrap, which your recent poets prize" (Byron).

[Obsolete claptrap, a theatrical trick to win applause : clap + trap.]

claptrap

(ˈklæpˌtræp)
n
1. contrived but foolish talk
2. insincere and pretentious talk: politicians' claptrap.
[C18 (in the sense: something contrived to elicit applause): from clap1 + trap1]

clap•trap

(ˈklæpˌtræp)

n.
1. pretentious and insincere or empty language.
2. any artifice or expedient for winning applause.
[1720–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.claptrap - pompous or pretentious talk or writingclaptrap - pompous or pretentious talk or writing
grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, rhetoric - high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation; "the grandiosity of his prose"; "an excessive ornateness of language"

claptrap

noun (Informal) nonsense, rubbish, rot, crap (slang), garbage (informal), trash, bunk (informal), bullshit (taboo slang), balls (taboo slang), bull (slang), shit (taboo slang), hot air (informal), tosh (slang, chiefly Brit.), flannel (Brit. informal), pap, cobblers (Brit. taboo slang), bilge (informal), humbug, drivel, twaddle, tripe (informal), affectation, guff (slang), blarney, bombast, moonshine, insincerity, hogwash, hokum (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), piffle (informal), poppycock (informal), bosh (informal), eyewash (informal), tommyrot, horsefeathers (U.S. slang), bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) He talks a lot of pretentious claptrap.

claptrap

noun
1. Pretentious, pompous speech or writing:
2. Something that does not have or make sense:
Informal: tommyrot.
Translations

claptrap

[ˈklæptræp] N (pej) → burradas fpl, disparates mpl

claptrap

[ˈklæptræp] nbaratin m

claptrap

n (inf)Geschwafel nt (inf)

claptrap

[ˈklæpˌtræp] n (pej, fam) → chiacchiere fpl, sciocchezze fpl
References in classic literature ?
As to the great service," said Carton, "I am bound to avow to you, when you speak of it in that way, that it was mere professional claptrap, I don't know that I cared what became of you, when I rendered it.
So forget all that claptrap about providing our kids with daily goodness.
I'VE never heard such a load of claptrap spoken about the Jeremy Clarkson incident.
2K and Gearbox Software also announced today a very limited collector's edition, the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Claptrap-in-a-Box Edition, which will include everything in The Handsome Collection as well as a remote controlled Claptrap steward robot, a collectible steel case, and 12 exclusive lithographs.
That is the kind of moral claptrap that Jesus does not permit us to accept" - The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby.
Fans of Claptrap in the "Borderlands" franchise rejoice--the first gameplay demo featuring The Fragtrap has already been released for the "Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
Coun Maton (Letters, July 19) says it is an honour to represent the people of our city but ignores their wishes and insults them by supporting the idea, and coming out with the usual claptrap about kickstarting the economy.
8DA WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Grenada 9 Iceni 10 Intro 11 Comment 12 Ski 13 Claptrap 16 Reproach 17 Rob 19 Chianti 21 Aggro 22 Adieu 23 Nominee DOWN: 1 Against 2 Beatrice 3 Halo 4 Mismatch 5 Peke 6 Girth 8 Acclamation 13 Corundum 14 Arrogant 15 Abdomen 18 Scrap 20 Iris 21 Ammo QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Selfrespect 8 Sea 9 Hut 11 Pasture 12 Rhino 13 Ate 14 Pat 15 Sneezed 17 Ewe 19 Atom 21 Mayo 23 Stye 25 Tour 27 Ass 29 Eastern 31 Apt 34 Bra 36 Crust 37 Precook 38 Hat 39 Ray 40 Muscle-bound DOWN: 1 Seat 2 Ease 3 Fluency 4 Eleven 5 Purse 6 Chip 7 Tuna 8 Spare 10 Totem 16 Day 18 Emu 20 Tea 22 Are 24 Torpedo 25 Teach 26 Staple 28 Shaky 30 Attic 32 Pram 33 Tutu 34 Born 35 Road
SIR - J Ryall writes (Letters, Oct 8: "Silliness of Senedd"): "A testimony to the centre for claptrap and tax wastage which nobody wanted and is totally unloved - Cardiff Bay".
VVMARTIN Cruddace, his long-term sparring partner at Betfair We have an index at William Hill which is the Cruddace claptrap index.
We need to sack the Noddy Book claptrap theorists who appear to dominate not only our social services but also the Probation Service, our system of law and order, and education services.
Vulnerable people want to believe their claptrap but her "prediction" was wicked and irresponsible.