tap dance

noun

Definition of tap dance

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

Other Words from tap dance

tap-dance \ ˈtap-​ˌdan(t)s How to pronounce tap dance (audio) \ intransitive verb
tap dancer noun
tap dancing noun

Examples of tap dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Someone in my tap dance class tested positive for COVID. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, 25 Nov. 2021 Rostick will perform an American tap dance, Tang will perform a Chinese Tibetan dance and Roy will finish with an Indian Kathak dance. Brahmjot Kaur, NBC News, 4 Nov. 2021 Our heroines have various classes in ballet and tap dance, singing, acting, and even French. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 10 Oct. 2021 More people can probably aspire to crocheting a blanket than can tap dance to multiple Tonys, as Foster has. Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2021 The Toe Tappers are seeking tap dancers older than 55 who are interested in performing with a senior tap dance troupe. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 The Toe Tappers are seeking tap dancers older than 55 who are interested in performing with a senior tap dance troupe. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 Then the program started to tap dance on banana peels. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 It's made with organic citrus, peppers, ginger, and the ancient Mayan herb damiana, to mellow you out while your taste buds tap dance. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of tap dance

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tap dance was in 1928

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29 Nov 2021

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“Tap dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20dance. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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tap dance

noun

English Language Learners 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

tap-dance

verb
\ ˈtap-ˌdans \
tap-danced; tap-dancing

Kids Definition of tap-dance

: to perform a tap dance

Other Words from tap dance

tap-dancer noun

tap dance

noun

Kids Definition of tap dance

: a kind of dance featuring loud tapping sounds from shoes with metal plates on the heels and toes

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