Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

tap dance

noun

Simple Definition of tap dance

  • : a kind of dance in which you wear special shoes with metal plates on the heels and toes and make tapping sounds with your feet

Full Definition of tap dance

  1. 1 :  a step dance tapped out audibly by means of shoes with hard soles or soles and heels to which taps have been added

  2. 2 :  something suggesting a tap dance; especially :  an action or discourse intended to rationalize or distract <does a clever tap dance to explain — Campbell Geeslin>

tap–dance intransitive verb
tap dancer noun
tap dancing noun

1928

First Known Use of tap dance

1928


Learn More about tap dance


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tap dance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift duvet pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ