gap·​er | \ ˈgā-pər How to pronounce gaper (audio) , sometimes ˈga-pər \

Definition of gaper

1 : one that gapes
2 : any of several large sluggish burrowing clams (families Myacidae and Mactridae) including several used for food

Examples of gaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And yet there are those who smirk at my casual usage, deeming me a gaper or a tourist for poling around on green terrain. Sam Morse, Outside Online, "Why I'll Never Let Go of My Trekking Poles," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gaper

circa 1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gaper

gape entry 1 + -er entry 2

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“Gaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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