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See also: läpper and Lapper


Etymology 1[edit]

lap +‎ -er


lapper (plural lappers)

  1. One who laps liquid, who takes liquid in with the tongue.
    • 1913, William Atherton Du Puy, Uncle Sam, Wonder Worker[1], page ?:
      ...that recipient of the favors and caresses of the hearthstone, that lapper of milk from the national saucer, the cat.
    • 1827,  ?, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine[2], page 470:
      The pupils of the modern school discover in [the lion] but the crafty, cruel, and cowardly lapper of blood.
  2. (in combination) Something (especially a race) that has a stated number of laps.
    • 2001, Tim Bongard, Richard Petty: The Cars of the King[3], page ?:
      [] Richard Petty Private Collection outran Buck Baker's '62 Chrysler to win the 200-lapper. One week later, Jim Paschal finished second to race winner Junior.
  3. (sports) A competitor who is one lap behind another, in the same race, and hence physically in front.
  4. One who wraps or folds.
  5. A mechanism that overlaps material to make it thicker; a lapping cylinder or lapping machine.
  6. (sailing) A headsail that overlaps the mast.

Etymology 2[edit]


lapper (third-person singular simple present lappers, present participle lappering, simple past and past participle lappered)

  1. To make a gentle splashing sound, as the sound of flowing water.
    • 1900?, S.R. Crockett, chapter XXXVII, in The Red Axe[4], →ISBN, page 238:
      There was mockery of our foolhardy enterprise in the soft whispering sough of the water, as I heard it lapper beneath the ferry-boat that lay ready to cross to the other side.




(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.) Compare French laper.



  1. (Jersey, onomatopoeia, transitive) to lap (a liquid)
    Synonym: cliapoter

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


lapper m

  1. indefinite plural of lapp