Definitions for tapper

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

taptæp(v.; n.)tapped, tap•ping

  1. (v.t.)to strike with a light but audible blow.

  2. to make, put, etc., by tapping:

    to tap a nail into a wall.

  3. to strike (the fingers, a foot, a pencil, etc.) upon or against something, esp. with repeated light blows.

  4. to add a metal or leather piece to the sole or heel of (a boot or shoe).

    Category: Clothing

  5. (v.i.)to strike lightly but audibly.

  6. to strike light blows.

  7. to tap-dance.

  8. (n.)a light but audible blow.

  9. the sound made by this.

  10. a piece of metal attached to the toe or heel of a shoe.

    Category: Clothing

  11. a thickness of leather added to the sole or heel of a boot or shoe, as in repairing.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of tap:

1175–1225; ME tappen, alter. of early ME teppen, prob. imit.


taptæp(n.; v.)tapped, tap•ping.

  1. (n.)a cylindrical plug or stopper for closing an opening through which liquid is drawn, as in a cask; spigot.

  2. a faucet or cock.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. the liquor drawn through a particular tap.

  4. a connection made at an intermediate point on an electrical circuit or device.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  5. an act or instance of wiretapping.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Telegraphy and Telephony, Informal

  6. the surgical withdrawal of fluid:

    spinal tap.

    Category: Surgery

  7. a tool for cutting screw threads into the cylindrical surface of a round opening.

    Category: Building Trades

  8. a hole made in tapping, as one in a pipe to furnish connection for a branch pipe.

    Category: Building Trades

  9. (v.t.)to draw liquid from (a vessel or container).

  10. to draw off (liquid), as by removing a tap or piercing a container.

  11. to draw the tap from or pierce (a cask or other container).

  12. to draw upon; begin to use:

    to tap one's resources.

  13. to connect into secretly so as to receive what is being transmitted: to tap a telephone.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  14. to furnish (a cask, pipe, etc.) with a tap.

    Category: Building Trades

  15. to cut a screw thread into the surface of (an opening).

    Category: Building Trades

  16. to open outlets from (power lines, highways, pipes, etc.).

    Category: Civil Engineering

  17. tap off, to remove (liquid, molten metal, etc.) from a keg, furnace, or the like.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Metallurgy

Idioms for tap:

  1. on tap, ready to be drawn and served, as liquor from a cask. furnished with a tap or cock, as a barrel of liquor. ready for immediate use; available.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of tap:

bef. 1050; (n.) ME tappe, OE tæppa, c. MD, MLG tap, OHG zapho, ON tappi; (v.) ME tappen, OE tæppian


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tapster, tapper(noun)

    a tavern keeper who taps kegs or casks

  2. tapper(noun)

    a person who strikes a surface lightly and usually repeatedly

    "finger tappers irritated her"

  3. tapper(noun)

    a worker who uses a tap to cut screw threads

  4. tapper, wiretapper, phone tapper(noun)

    someone who wiretaps a telephone or telegraph wire

  5. tap dancer, tapper(noun)

    a dancer who sounds out rhythms by using metal taps on the toes and heels of the shoes


  1. tapper(Noun)

    One who taps

  2. tapper(Noun)

    A tap-dancer

  3. tapper(Noun)

    A phone tapper or wiretapper

  4. tapper(Noun)

    A tapster

  5. tapper(Noun)

    In early wireless telegraphs, a device used to shake loose the filings of a coherer.

  6. tapper(Noun)

    The lesser spotted woodpecker.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tapper(noun)

    the lesser spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopus minor); -- called also tapperer, tabberer, little wood pie, barred woodpecker, wood tapper, hickwall, and pump borer


  1. Tapper

    Tapper, also known as Root Beer Tapper, is a 1983 arcade game released by Bally Midway. The goal of the game is to serve beer and collect empty mugs and tips.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Tapper

    The key used in single needle telegraph transmitters. It comprises two flat springs L, E, each with a handle, normally pressed upward against one contact bar Z, and when pressed down by the operator making contact against a lower bar C when messages are to be transmitted. A double tapper, such as shown, is used for each instrument. Synonyms--Double Tapper Key--Pedal Key.

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