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Definition dap

Etymology 1

Onomatopoeic, from the sound made when a person runs while wearing daps.

Noun

dap (plural daps)

  1. (West Country, Somerset, Bristol, Wales, usually in the plural) A plimsoll.
Verb

dap (third-person singular simple present daps, present participle dapping, simple past and past participle dapped)

  1. (Bristol) To run or go somewhere quickly.
  2. (metalworking) To create a hollow indentation.
  3. (fishing) To drop the bait gently onto the surface of the water.

Etymology 2

US 1971, originally by black soldiers during the Vietnam war, associated with Black Power movement. Originally an elaborate handshake, later specifically a fistbump.

Verb originally give dap. Presumably onomatopoeic, or influenced by tap, dab, etc. Alternatively, from earlier slang usage as abbreviation of dapper. Also explained as an acronym, such as “Dignity for Afro People” or “Dignity And Pride”; this may be a backronym or unrelated, but accords with phrasal use as “give DAP” (compare “give respect”). More speculative etymologies derive it from Vietnamese đẹp (“beautiful”), though this is unlikely.

Noun

dap (plural daps)

  1. (originally) Elaborate handshake, especially hooking thumbs.
  2. A fistbump.
Verb

dap (third-person singular simple present daps, present participle dapping, simple past and past participle dapped)

  1. To greet with a dap.

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