[ tahr-pey-per ]
/ ˈtɑrˌpeɪ pər /


a heavy, tar-coated paper used as a waterproofing material in building construction.

Nearby words

  1. tarok,
  2. tarot,
  3. tarots,
  4. tarp,
  5. tarpan,
  6. tarpaulin,
  7. tarpeia,
  8. tarpeian rock,
  9. tarpit,
  10. tarpon

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for tarpaper

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

    Neighbours|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 walls will be of shiplap, covered with matched siding, with tarpaper between.

    Neighbours|Robert Stead