- a person or thing that taps or strikes lightly.
- a telegraph key.
Origin of tapper1
- a person or thing that taps, as trees for the sap or juice, a blast furnace, cask, or other container for their contents, etc.
- a person who cuts screw threads into the surface of a circular opening, as of a pipe, nut, etc.
Origin of tapper2
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Examples from the Web for tapper
Answering Tapper's question, “Under what conditions would you agree to return to the U.S.?”Edward Snowden: Not All Spying Is Bad
January 24, 2014
When jokes started veering towards the Holocaust, Tapper was quick to wag his finger, as might seem appropriate.Twitter Killed Media Criticism
November 21, 2010
Says Tapper: “I certainly don't think that it's the job of any journalist to make the presidency work.”Who's Afraid of Jake Tapper?
February 10, 2009
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
- a person who taps
- a tool or instrument that taps
- Northern English dialect an unstable and violent person
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