• v. To knock in order to call attention.

  • v. To work out; to go well.

  • n. A bang, hit, blow.

  • v. To hit, deliver a blow.

  • v. To speak at length.

Example Sentences

  • “The bochur klopped on the table so the Rosh Yeshiva could speak.” (Weiser)

  • “Sometimes a chavrusashaft makes good sense, but it just doesn't klop.” (Weiser)

  • “We argued until we heard the klop for mincha.” (Weiser)

  • “He walked right into the door and got a painful klop.” (Weiser)

  • “Give him a klap; you’re closer.” (NJY)

  • “All day long, he klaps about his troubles.” (NJY)

  • "Stop teasing her or I’ll klop you!" (JPS)

  • “The little boy gave his friend a klop for taking his teddy bear.”

  • "You see, there is exactly one thing that could actually get the guys to start dating earlier: If their roshei yeshiva would klop on the bima and announce: 'Everyone should start dating earlier.'" (source)

  • “He klapped me in kop." (NJY)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קלאַפּן klapn

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      clap, clop, klap


  • plural: 'klep'

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