[ tahr-pey-per ]
/ ˈtɑrˌpeɪ pər /


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

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