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  1. a bartender.
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Origin of tapster

before 1000; Middle English; Old English tæppestre. See tap2, -ster
Related formsun·der·tap·ster, noun
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Examples from the Web for tapster

Historical Examples of tapster

  • Mr. Tapster felt as if a stranger were standing there before him.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908


  • 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.

    Studies in Wives

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • Mr. Tapster's sister-in-law only now interfered where his children were concerned.

    Studies in Wives

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

British Dictionary definitions for tapster


  1. rare a barman
  2. (in W Africa) a man who taps palm trees to collect and sell palm wine
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Derived Formstapstress, fem n

Word Origin for tapster

Old English tæppestre, feminine of tæppere, from tappian to tap ²
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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.

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