Definition of claptrap in English:


Line breaks: clap|trap
Pronunciation: /ˈklaptrap


[mass noun]
Absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas: such sentiments are just pious claptrap
More example sentences
  • The plot is a baffling array of gangster parody nonsense, sexist claptrap and kidnap chaos.
  • I wonder who Nicola thinks she's fooling with this pious claptrap.
  • The global citizen is assaulted with a cacophony of claptrap, and mumbo-jumbo has gained the upper hand.


mid 18th century (denoting something designed to elicit applause): from clap1 + trap1.

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