a bartender.

Origin of tapster

before 1000; Middle English; Old English tæppestre. See tap2, -ster
Related formsun·der·tap·ster, noun
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Historical Examples of tapster

  • He had recourse to the law everywhere, and the tapster was everywhere acquitted.

    The Awakening

    Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy

  • In the same chamber were the tapster and his dame; for privacy was not compatible either with "mine host's" means or inclination.

  • Here I had some of the company of the tapster's wife a while, and so home to my office, and then home to supper and to bed.

  • Of the little party gathered together at Wyndfell Hall, Tapster was the one whom the doctor felt he really didn't like.

    From Out the Vasty Deep

    Mrs. Belloc Lowndes

  • Ben Jonson calls for a quart of raw wine, and gives it to the tapster.

British Dictionary definitions for tapster



rare a barman
(in W Africa) a man who taps palm trees to collect and sell palm wine
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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