tapper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

tap +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

tapper (plural tappers)

  1. One who taps
    • Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
      A low tap was heard at the room door. Mr. Bob Sawyer looked expressively at his friend, and bade the tapper come in []
  2. A tap-dancer
  3. A phone tapper or wiretapper
  4. (US) A tapster
  5. (telegraphy) In early wireless telegraphs, a device used to shake loose the filings of a coherer.
  6. (UK, dialect) The lesser spotted woodpecker.