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tapper1

[tap-er] /ˈtæp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that taps or strikes lightly.
2.
a telegraph key.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; tap1 + -er1

tapper2

[tap-er] /ˈtæp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that taps, as trees for the sap or juice, a blast furnace, cask, or other container for their contents, etc.
2.
a person who cuts screw threads into the surface of a circular opening, as of a pipe, nut, etc.
Origin
before 1000; Old English tæppere (not recorded in ME); see tap2, -er1
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Examples for tapper
  • Her father, a migrant from the poor north-east, found work there as a rubber tapper.
British Dictionary definitions for tapper

tapper

/ˈtæpə/
noun
1.
a person who taps
2.
a tool or instrument that taps
3.
(Northern English, dialect) an unstable and violent person
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