• (British, America) IPA: /ˈklæpˌtɹæp/


  1. empty#Adjective|Empty verbiage or nonsense. [from early 19th c.]
    Synonyms: hot air, palaver, waffle, Thesaurus:nonsense
  2. (historical) A device for producing a clap#Verb|clapping sound#Noun|sound in theaters.
  3. A device or trick#Noun|trick to gain#Verb|gain applause; a humbug.
    • 1869 May, Anthony Trollope, “Lady Milborough as Ambassador”, in He Knew He Was Right, volume I, London: Strahan and Company, publishers, […], OCLC 1118026626 ↗, page 83 ↗:
      There had been a suggestion that the child should be with her [while she answers the door], but the mother herself had rejected this. "It would be stagey," she had said, "and clap-trap. There is nothing I hate so much as that."

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