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tapper1

[tap-er] /ˈtæp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that taps or strikes lightly.
2.
a telegraph key.
Origin of tapper1
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; tap1 + -er1

tapper2

[tap-er] /ˈtæp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that taps, as trees for the sap or juice, a blast furnace, cask, or other container for their contents, etc.
2.
a person who cuts screw threads into the surface of a circular opening, as of a pipe, nut, etc.
Origin
before 1000; Old English tæppere (not recorded in ME); see tap2, -er1
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  • He almost had them believing in the Space Wave tapper before he was through.

    Toy Shop Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • Then, suddenly, came the sharp click of the “tapper” as it struck the “coherer.”

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • At first, all our attention is taken up by watching how the one tapper does his work.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • He was asked what was his trade, and replied that he was a tapper.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Suddenly there sounded the sharp click of the tapper as it struck the coherer.

    The Story of Great Inventions Elmer Ellsworth Burns
  • The narrow strips are then placed in a bag or basket carried by the tapper.

  • "I do hope Mrs. tapper will look after him," said the matron.

    North, South and Over the Sea M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
British Dictionary definitions for tapper

tapper

/ˈtæpə/
noun
1.
a person who taps
2.
a tool or instrument that taps
3.
(Northern English, dialect) an unstable and violent person
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