how to pronounce flapping


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the above transcription of flapping is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

flapping is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of flapping in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… bed with fear of failure flapping like a …”

meanings of flapping


  1. A phonological process found in many dialects of English, especially American English and Canadian English, by which intervocalic /t/ and /d/ surface as the alveolar flap /ɾ/ before an unstressed syllable, so that words such as "metal" and "medal" are pronounced similarly or identically.
  2. An instance where one flaps.
  3. The situation where a resource, a network destination, etc., is advertised as being available and then unavailable (or available by different routes) in rapid succession.


  1. That flaps or flap.


  1. Present participle of flap.

flapping frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word flapping occurs in english on average 2.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics flapping can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that flapping can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) people, society, and culture;

4) transport and travel;

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