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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 is a stated number of laps e.g. a 25-lapper
    • 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. A mechanism that overlaps material to make it thicker; a lapping cylinder or lapping machine
  5. (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.




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Compare French laper.



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