British • informal
- Belonging to or characteristic of a Christian group whose worship is marked by enthusiastic participation: he’s one of the happy-clappy lotMore example sentences
- Their happy-clappy Beach Boys-inspired music is downright infectious, so go along a join the worshippers - you'll be converted.
- If they want a narrow church based on a fundamentalist interpretation of an outdated and largely forgotten book then they should remove themselves from our state church and join some happy-clappy cult where they will do less damage.
- If that happy-clappy view of divine justice is not repudiated, then the integrity of Catholic doctrine will become Hindley's final victim.
noun (plural happy-clappies)Back to top
- A member of a Christian group whose worship is marked by enthusiastic participation: happy-clappies and traditionalistsMore example sentences
- That's what comes from being gullible happy-clappies.
- It's unsurprising that in a course on deviance, we might talk about deviant stuff and I don't accept that at a university, we should have to trim our sails so that the local happy-clappies are satisfied with our absence of moral turpitude.
- They would have to put up with the ‘happy-clappies’.