Main definitions of dap in English

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dap1

Pronunciation /dap/ /dæp/

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intransitive verbdaps, dapping, dapped

[no object]
  • Fish by letting the fly bob lightly on the water without letting the line touch the water.

    ‘dapping was almost a sure-fire method’
    • ‘he was dapping the fly skillfully’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were mayfly still hatching around Oughterard and Cornamona, and dapping produced a few fish.’
    • ‘Anglers who dapped the mayfly had plenty of action, while others caught quite a few using dry mayfly patterns.’
    • ‘September is always a better month on the lough for both dapping and wet fly, so with a change in weather conditions anglers can expect much better fishing.’

Origin

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

Main definitions of dap in English

: dap1dap2

dap2

Pronunciation /dap/ /dæp/

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noun

informal US
  • An elaborate handshake that typically involving slapping palms, bumping fists, or snapping fingers.

    • ‘I knew I had done something right when one of the students put out his hand for some dap’
    • ‘Lance stopped to sign autographs and give dap to folks’
    • ‘everybody laughed and gave daps and high fives’

Origin

1970s of uncertain origin; perhaps from tap or dab.