Definition of dap in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 1A fishing fly used when dapping.

    ‘most of the fish are being taken on the dap’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2dialect Rubber-soled shoes.

    ‘hi-hats and daps are the order of the day’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Bandolier's young days, training shoes consisted of black canvas uppers and flat rubber soles, and were called daps.’
    • ‘To help young children to change quickly from shoes to plimsolls (pumps, daps, gym shoes, trainers - whatever they are called in your part of the world), use elastic instead of laces.’
    • ‘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 dab.