alsoclaps[OF clapoir, bubo; thus clapoire or clapier, a place of debauchery and the illness one can contract there. The term appears as SE in late 16C but starts appearing in cant/slang lists in late 17C; Henke, Gutter Life and Language (1988) quotes Cotgrave’s definition (in Dict. French and English Tongues, 1611) of clapier as a rabbits’ nest (as well as a name for ‘old time Baudie houses’); thus a pun on SE coney, rabbit/cony n. (2a) – a man might catch the disease from a cony n. (2b) who was working in a clapoir]
[mid-16C+] venereal disease, esp. gonorrhoea.
[1970s+] a clinic specializing in venereal diseases.
[1940s] (US) a venereal disease clinic or hospital ward.
see separate entry.
SE in slang uses
[he claps a hand on one’s shoulder]