- (British, America) IPA: /ˈklæpˌtɹæp/
- empty#Adjective|Empty verbiage or nonsense. [from early 19th c.]
- Synonyms: hot air, palaver, waffle, Thesaurus:nonsense
- (historical) A device for producing a clap#Verb|clapping sound#Noun|sound in theaters.
- 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."
- French: verbiage, charabia, galimatias
- German: Gerede, Geschwätz, Gequatsche
- Italian: sproloquio
- Russian: чепуха́
- Spanish: algarabía, verborrea, galimatías, palabrería