- a bartender.
Origin of tapster
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Examples from the Web for tapster
Mr. Tapster felt as if a stranger were standing there before him.
Then Mr. Tapster slowly rose from his arm-chair and faced his wife.
They were carrying a hurdle from which Mr. Tapster quickly averted his eyes.
Then Mr. Tapster slowly rose from his armchair and faced his wife.
Mr. Tapster's sister-in-law only now interfered where his children were concerned.
- rare a barman
- (in W Africa) a man who taps palm trees to collect and sell palm wine
Old English tæppestre, feminine of tæppere, from tappian to tap ²
Word Origin and History for tapster
"person employed to tap liquors," Old English tæppestre "hostess at an inn, woman employed to tap liquors," from tæppa "tap" (see tap (n.)) + fem. ending -ster.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper