Meaning of TAP in English



Function: verb

Inflected Form: tapped ; tap · ping

Etymology: Middle English tappen, from Old French taper to strike with the flat of the hand, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German t ā pe paw, blow dealt with the paw

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

1 : to strike lightly especially with a slight sound

2 : to give a light blow with < tap a pencil on the table>

3 : to bring about by repeated light blows < tap out a story on the typewriter>

4 : to repair by putting a tap on

5 : SELECT , DESIGNATE <was tapped for police commissioner> specifically : to elect to membership (as in a fraternity)

intransitive verb

1 : to strike a light audible blow : RAP

2 : to walk with light audible steps


– tap · per noun

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