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Flapper  n.  
One who, or that which, flaps.
See Flipper. "The flapper of a porpoise."
A flat object used to make a flapping noise by striking another object.
A flat and broad object hanging from a larger object, either flexible like rubber or hinged to allow a swinging motion; a flap.
A young woman who dresses in a modern, stylish manner and behaves unconventionally in social situations; a term used especially to refer to young women during the 1920's and their peculiar style of dress.
Flapper skate (Zool.), a European skate (Raia intermedia).

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Flapper" Quotes from Famous Books

... dreaming. Her eyes showed it too—they went off like that sometimes. And then, in a moment, she would come to life, and be as quick and restless as a monkey. And she knew so much, so self-assured, and not yet nineteen. What was that odious word? Flapper! Dreadful young creatures—squealing and squawking and showing their legs! The worst of them bad dreams, the best of them powdered angels! Fleur was not a flapper, not one of those slangy, ill-bred ...
— Forsyte Saga • John Galsworthy

... recognition, recollection, rememoration^; recurrence, flashback; retrospect, retrospection. afterthought, post script, PS. suggestion &c (information) 527; prompting &c v.; hint, reminder; remembrancer^, flapper; memorial &c (record) 551; commemoration &c (celebration) 883. [written reminder] note, memo, memorandum; things to be remembered, token of remembrance, memento, souvenir, keepsake, relic, memorabilia. art of memory, artificial memory; memoria technica [Lat.]; mnemonics, mnemotechnics^; ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

... whom she had paused, turned, and crossed was Lydia Lissome. And Lydia Lissome, it soon became evident, had the lead in this film. In the process of changing from novel to scenario, the Young Wife had become a rather middle-aged wife, and the Flapper of seventeen had become the heroine. And Harrietta Fuller, erstwhile actress of youthful comedy parts for the stage, found herself moving about in black velvet and pearls and a large plumed fan as a background for the white ruffles and golden curls and sunny scenes in which Lydia Lissome ...
— Gigolo • Edna Ferber

... to a little marmaid an' wuz changed into a marman, an' never arterwards could he see th' use o' the seaboots he wore when he fell overboard, 'cos how could ye tell which boot 'ud fit a bloomin' flapper as wuz naither right, ner ...
— Gold Out of Celebes • Aylward Edward Dingle

... what's that flapper for?" inquired a woman with a green dress and a red parasol of old Schmidt, the owner of the eccentric Green Grasshopper, indicating that ...
— The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest • Captain Wilbur Lawton

... given great chances, full of colour. But in the part of Brian Strange, the boy-lover, by its nature relatively colourless, Mr. LESLIE HOWARD was hardly less good. He never made anything like a mistake of manner. I wish I could say the same of his flapper. But Miss COHAN asserted her good spirits a little too boisterously ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, January 14, 1920 • Various

... fans, etc., the girls joined us as we sat stiffly in a semi-circle, waiting for the chief—for we knew our Samoan manners. Presently we saw him coming, dressed very plainly in a kilt of tapa and carrying the high chief fly flapper.[63] He was accompanied by his talking man, with his tall staff of office, and several of the lesser house chiefs—all looking very important and impressive. After shaking hands with us (which is not a Samoan custom ...
— The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson • Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez

... so many ways in which it might be done. Someone might say, "When I heard that Professor Spence was married, I felt sure that the bride would have dark hair because—oh, what am I saying! Please, may I have more tea?" But no one, not even the giddiest flapper of them all, had said even that! Perhaps, incredible as it might seem, Bainbridge did not know about Mary? She had been, Desire remembered, a visitor there when Benis met her. Perhaps her stay had been brief. Perhaps the ill-fated courtship had taken place elsewhere? ...
— The Window-Gazer • Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

... after the war, and all sorts of things. I daresay the flappers in your smart set are tremendously flattered when you sit beside them and are nice to them as you are being nice to me; but I am not smart; and I am no use as a flapper. I am dowdy and serious. I want you to be serious. If you refuse, I shall go and sit beside Mr Burge, and ask him ...
— Back to Methuselah • George Bernard Shaw

... not, that the Porpoise should have in this queer-looking affair—its flapper (as it is called), the same fundamental elements as the fore-leg of the Horse or the Dog, or the Ape or Man; and here you will notice a very curious thing,—the hinder limbs are absent. Now, let us make another jump. Let us go to the ...
— Lectures and Essays • T.H. Huxley

... When you've quite done being funny, perhaps you'll tell me why you've behaved like a common street flapper. ...
— Forsyte Saga • John Galsworthy

... on the table beside us, and I looked up to see the very prettiest girl I ever set eyes on. She seemed little more than a child, and before the war would probably have still ranked as a flapper. She wore the neat blue dress and apron of a V.A.D. and her white cap was set on hair like spun gold. She smiled demurely as she arranged the tea-things, and I thought I had never seen eyes at once so merry and so grave. ...
— Mr. Standfast • John Buchan

... the city editor, drily. "Go and see her, and get over it. Get her views on the flapper and bobbed hair, for next Sunday. Smith would ...
— The Breaking Point • Mary Roberts Rinehart

... trappings,—a fat and elaborate coachman, very solemn,—two tall hurkarus, or avant-couriers, supporting the box, one on either side, with studied symmetry, like Siva and Vishnu upholding the throne of Brahma,—four syces running at the horses' heads, each with his chowree, or fly-flapper, made from the tail of the Thibet cow,—a fifth before, to clear the way,— a basket of Simpkin, which is as though one should say Champagne, behind, and our own banyan, our man of contracts and ready lakhs, that ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. I., No. 3, January 1858 - A Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics • Various

... they neither can speak, nor attend to the discourses of others, without being roused by some external taction upon the organs of speech and hearing; for which reason, those persons who are able to afford it always keep a flapper (the original is climenole) in their family, as one of their domestics; nor ever walk abroad, or make visits, without him. And the business of this officer is, when two, three, or more persons are in company, gently to ...
— Gulliver's Travels - into several remote nations of the world • Jonathan Swift

Words linked to "Flapper" :   young lady, fille, young woman, miss, girl

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