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FLAPPER, v., n.

I. v. To move in a loose, unsteady, flapping manner; to flutter noisily (Cai. 1900 E.D.D.); to flounce, flounder (Fif. 1951). Also in Eng. dial. Slk. 1832  Hogg Queer Bk. 2:
Then there was blinking on the bent, And flappering ower the purple fells.
w.Sc. 1862  J. F. Campbell Tales IV. 140:
The three great flappering sails.
Lth. 1882  “J. Strathesk” Blinkbonny xiii.:
It [my heart] flappert about like a fresh-run sea-troot wi' a hook in its mooth.

II. n. 1. The hen-harrier, Circus cyaneus (Cai. 1887 Harvie-Brown and Buckley Fauna of Cai. 165).

2. The squat lobster, Galathea strigosa. Bte. 1910  Zoologist (4th Ser.) XIV. 70:
If they happen to be at the surface they make a great flapping, and show well the action by which they have earned the name of “Flappers” from the fishermen.

3. Weaving: a piece of paper made up like a fan to clean the machine (Ayr. 1951). Comb.: flapper-pick, an overhead wooden picker on a lappet loom (Ib.).

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