tap shoe


plural tap shoes
: a shoe for tap-dancing that typically has a sole and heel to which metal taps have been attached
Unlike Edie, Eddie has never put his toes in a tap shoe or ballet slipper.Nancy A. Nruhling

Examples of tap shoe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So put on a fresh pair of tap shoes, get your costume change ready, and enjoy every minute of it. Ben Zauzmer, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2024 There’s also a head-spinning number of high-flying and extremely athletic dance scenes — some with drums and veils, some with tap shoes, some with scimitars and some with dinner trays that hide pop-up surprises. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 The brothers’ tap shoes from that scene are on display as part of the exhibition. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 1 Feb. 2024 Once the tap shoes come out, even the most credulous viewer has to catch on. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Standing beside him is dancer Melinda Sullivan, who soon strikes the glam metal of her tap shoes on a 27-by-35-inch piece of wood, providing a steady, playful metronome alongside the melodica. Brynn Shiovitz, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2023 Set to an upbeat tune in the key of Kander and Ebb, the song climaxes in a dance routine with trash can lids for tap shoes. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Sport or recreational equipment like ballet and tap shoes, cleats, gloves, life preservers, mouth guards, roller and ice skates, ski boots, wetsuits and more. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 28 July 2023 But in that — besides making sure people don’t slide in their tap shoes — lies one of the biggest challenges of the sequence. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tap shoe was in 1932

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“Tap shoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20shoe. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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