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 Another man asked if putting up higher barriers in the median might help with the dreaded gaper’s blocks that happen every time there’s an accident. Michelle L. Quinn,, 20 Oct. 2021 The winner of this challenge is Gabe — his first Quickfire win of the season, for making poached gaper clams and butter clams in broth. Vulture, 7 July 2021 Scott’s Symbol Plus helmet and lens-change goggles (LCG) offer seamless helmet-goggle compatibility (no gaper gap) and a fit without pressure points. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 15 Oct. 2020 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, 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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The first known use of gaper was circa 1637

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28 Oct 2021

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“Gaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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