from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A game in which the players catch raisins out burning brandy, and swallow them blazing.
  • n. The thing thus caught and eaten.
  • transitive v. To swallow whole, as a flapdragon; to devour.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To swallow at one gulp; snatch and devour, as in the play of flapdragon.
  • n. A play in which the players snatch plums, raisins, or other things out of burning brandy or spirits, and swallow them; snapdragon; also, the materials for the game.
  • n. A plum, raisin, or other thing to be snatched from the burning liquor in playing flapdragon. See the extracts.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Type = FFD flapdragon | #4 | 12: 41 on Mon, Jan. 18 | Reply

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  • Ouch! A game played in Hell, presumably.

    February 8, 2009

  • Mrs Byrne says "a game of catching candy from burning brandy", but most other sources suggest the game involved burning raisins.

    Flapdragon (or Snapdragon)

    February 8, 2009