[tap-dans, -dahns]

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

to perform a tap dance.

Nearby words

  1. tap dance,
  2. tap dancer,
  3. tap dancing,
  4. tap pants,
  5. tap water,
  6. tap-in,
  7. tapa,
  8. tapa cloth,
  9. tapadera,
  10. tapadero

Origin of tap-dance

First recorded in 1925–30

Related formstap-danc·er, noun

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 Formstap-dancer, nountap-dancing, noun

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