Definition of claptrap in English:

claptrap

noun

mass noun
  • Absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas.

    ‘such sentiments are just pious claptrap’
    • ‘The global citizen is assaulted with a cacophony of claptrap, and mumbo-jumbo has gained the upper hand.’
    • ‘Long before he died, he wrote an essay, The Myth of Sisyphus, which in a normal mood I usually dismiss as overwrought claptrap.’
    • ‘Also, this is highly unscientific claptrap, but interesting nonetheless.’
    • ‘Of course, since astrology is all complete claptrap, this shouldn't concern me at all, should it?’
    • ‘I cringe whenever I see his face or hear his self - righteous claptrap.’
    • ‘I might not have a lot of letters after my name but I can tell you that this is claptrap.’
    • ‘The closure is accompanied by the usual claptrap about improving customer service.’
    • ‘Thankfully there is little chance clever agencies will start falling for this PC claptrap.’
    • ‘He said: ‘If they are going to support this sort of claptrap, the outlook for local communities is very bad indeed.’’
    • ‘I wonder who Nicola thinks she's fooling with this pious claptrap.’
    • ‘And he knows how to sum up his point in a few words with no gobbledygook or claptrap!’
    • ‘To call them anything else is sentimental claptrap.’
    • ‘The reason I did not publish such stuff is that it was inconsequential claptrap.’
    • ‘He has the freedom now to speak his mind on issues that affect us all, and he presents a solid case damning them, without a lot of romantic claptrap.’
    • ‘Still less does one want to hear Marxist claptrap about colonialism.’
    • ‘The plot is a baffling array of gangster parody nonsense, sexist claptrap and kidnap chaos.’
    • ‘How is science served by such lamentable claptrap?’
    • ‘I couldn't believe my own father was uttering such ageist claptrap.’
    • ‘The whole plan is utter claptrap and wastes time.’
    • ‘The problem is not that he speaks his mind but that, when he's not talking about the on-field action, the content of his mind largely consists of sanctimonious claptrap.’
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling
    nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, blarney, guff, blather, blether
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Origin

Mid 18th century (denoting something designed to elicit applause): from clap + trap.

Pronunciation

claptrap

/ˈklaptrap/