gap·​er ˈgā-pər How to pronounce gaper (audio)
 sometimes  ˈga-pər
: one that gapes
: 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 This pairing from Wildhorn worked in perfect harmony to keep gaper-gap at bay and airflow going directly from cutouts at the top of the helmet vents into the goggles. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaper was circa 1637

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“Gaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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