[ tap-dans, -dahns ]
/ ˈtæpˌdæns, -ˌdɑns /

verb (used without object), tap-danced, tap-danc·ing.

to perform a tap dance.


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Origin of tap-dance

First recorded in 1925–30


tap-danc·er, noun

Definition for tap-dance (2 of 2)

tap dance


a dance in which the rhythm or rhythmical variation is audibly tapped out with the toe or heel by a dancer wearing shoes with special hard soles or with taps.

Origin of tap dance

probably earlier than 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for tap-dance

tap dance


a step dance in which the performer wears shoes equipped with taps that make a rhythmic sound on the stage as he dances

verb tap-dance (intr)

to perform a tap dance

Derived forms of tap dance

tap-dancer, nountap-dancing, noun
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