[ tam-pee-uh n ]
/ ˈtæm pi ən /


a plug or stopper placed in the muzzle of a piece of ordnance when not in use, to keep out dampness and dust.

Nearby words

  1. tampere,
  2. tamperproof,
  3. tampico,
  4. tampico hemp,
  5. tamping,
  6. tampon,
  7. tamponade,
  8. tamponage,
  9. tampur,
  10. tamworth

Also tompion.

Origin of tampion

1425–75; late Middle English tampyon, variant of tampon < Middle French, nasalized variant of Old French tapon, derivative of tape plug < Germanic. See tap2

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British Dictionary definitions for tampion



/ (ˈtæmpɪən) /


a plug placed in a gun's muzzle when the gun is not in use to keep out moisture and dust

Word Origin for tampion

C15: from French: tampon

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Word Origin and History for tampion



early 15c., "plug, bung," from Middle French tampon, nasalized variant of Old French tapon "piece of cloth to stop a hole" (late 14c.), a suffixed form of Frankish *tappo "stopper, plug," related to Old High German zapfo and Old English tæppa "stopper" (see tap (2)). Meaning "wooden plug for the muzzle of a gun" (to keep out rain or seawater) is recorded from 1620s.

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