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  1. a heavy, tar-coated paper used as a waterproofing material in building construction.
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Origin of tarpaper

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; tar1 + paper
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for tarpaper

Historical Examples of tarpaper

  • The walls will be of shiplap, covered with matched siding, with tarpaper between.


    Robert Stead

  • Outside, the rain fell in great silvery sheets, so that the noise on the tarpaper roof of the barracks was almost deafening.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

  • The roof will be of two thicknesses of boards, bent to a gentle oval over a stout ridge-pole, and again with tarpaper between.


    Robert Stead