from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that taps.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which operates a screw-cutting tap for threading holes.
  • noun One who or that which taps or strikes.
  • noun A hammer for striking a bell or chime.
  • noun A device for restoring a coherer to its normal resistance, after this has been affected by electric oscillations, by means of a series of slight mechanical shocks.
  • noun One who taps or draws liquor; a tapster; specifically, an innkeeper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. The lesser spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopus minor); -- called also tapperer, tabberer, little wood pie, barred woodpecker, wood tapper, hickwall, and pump borer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who taps
  • noun A tap-dancer
  • noun A phone tapper or wiretapper
  • noun US A tapster
  • noun telegraphy In early wireless telegraphs, a device used to shake loose the filings of a coherer.
  • noun UK, dialect The lesser spotted woodpecker.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who wiretaps a telephone or telegraph wire
  • noun a dancer who sounds out rhythms by using metal taps on the toes and heels of the shoes
  • noun a tavern keeper who taps kegs or casks
  • noun a person who strikes a surface lightly and usually repeatedly
  • noun a worker who uses a tap to cut screw threads


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

tap +‎ -er


  • Environmental campaigners and Green party activists heralded a breakthrough today after a former rubber-tapper from the Brazilian Amazon who rose to be a world-famous rainforest defender became the central figure in the second round of the country's presidential election.

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  • They welcomed the former rubber tapper from the Amazon as a populist voice and anointed her as their a rockstar presidential candidate, even putting her on the cover of the Rolling Stone.

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  • But the thing was, the tapper was the kind of person who would complain, who might call the owners and make trouble for Clarice.

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  • Being that I am a well seasoned laptop user and a frequent "tapper" to indicate my selections, I believe I have learned the appropriate amount of pressure and confidence one must use on a touch screen.

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  • Over time, each "tapper" picks up coding skills and becomes able to contribute more to the testing effort on their team.

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  • So many players today sulk after a pitcher induces a weakly hit tapper; others sadly, just flat out dog it.

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  • And in the seventh, he fielded a tapper from Posada and planted a tag on his backside to retire the side.

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  • Alex Rodriguez, all season long the source of Red Sox frustration, hit an innocent looking tapper between the mound and first base line.

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  • I floated the barrel, bedded the action too just in front of the start of the barrel tapper, glassed the rails and tang.

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  • I floated the barrel, bedded the action too just in front of the start of the barrel tapper, glassed the rails and tang.

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