Definition of dap in English:

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Pronunciation: /dap/

verb (daps, dapping, dapped)

[no object]
Fish by letting the fly (but not the line) bob lightly on the water: dapping was almost a sure-fire method [with object]: he was dapping the fly skilfully
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  • It is documented that fly fishing for pike was popular in the early 1700's in this country, as was dapping for Dace on the Thames in the 1800's.
  • Wet and dry fly, and dapping accounted for all of the fish.
  • The L. Carra Anglers' wet fly and dapping competition was held on Saturday the 9th, and was won by Seán Walsh of Castlebar, who had 4 trout for 5.92 lb.


1 (usually the dap) A fishing fly used when dapping: most of the fish are being taken on the dap
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  • The big news from the West's main lake is that the Mayfly is up and anglers are beginning to take trout to the dap and to wet fly.
  • A few fish have been taken on the dap, with crickets/grasshoppers doing the business, and the daddy-long-legs should be making an appearance soon.
2 (daps) dialect Rubber-soled shoes: hi-hats and daps are the order of the day
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  • No need whatsoever for a 300 lb deaf muscle man with a good covering of paint and a pair of little green daps to keep his feet from being hurt by stones then.
  • We stock both girl and boys shoes, including slippers and daps.
  • Black daps or ballet shoes are required all year for Dance and Movement.


Mid 17th century (as a verb): symbolic of a flicking movement, similar to dab1.

Words that rhyme with dap

bap, cap, chap, clap, entrap, enwrap, flap, frap, gap, giftwrap, hap, knap, lap, Lapp, map, nap, nappe, pap, rap, sap, schappe, scrap, slap, snap, strap, tap, trap, wrap, yap, zap

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