tap dance


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

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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 My fingers have had their workouts and occasional tap dances on the computer keyboard. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Don’t make the mistake of missing that gorgeous spring day: Sun Messages," 27 Apr. 2020 Performing alongside was a tap dancing cat named Effigy that Jones cobbled together from planks of wood and old bike parts and operated by pumping a pedal. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Jackie Jones, SF street entertainer who delighted crowds with dancing cat puppet, dies," 24 Jan. 2020 Dressed in his own version of JLo's iconic Versace dress, the German cabaret performer delivered the song with a number of backup dancers, a tap dance interlude, confetti and balloons. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Hans 'Gets Loud' With Jennifer Lopez Performance on 'AGT: The Champions'," 10 Feb. 2020 Twigs appeared front and center on stage, entering through long, closed curtains to perform a solo tap dance. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "FKA Twigs brought her ‘Magdalene’ show to life at the Riviera with music, dance, beauty and raw emotion," 16 Nov. 2019 Oregon invited you over to la maison de canard and spent the next three hours on national television doing a tap dance across your face. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "For Mel Tucker and the CU Buffs, how much fight is left after a pummeling at Oregon?," 12 Oct. 2019 This is a guy whose major musical skill was tap dancing around the truth. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why is being a celebrity such a big business?," 6 Oct. 2019 Malone is now knee deep in dirty, swampy blues that both calls back to the masters of the genre while simultaneously tap dances across the line into roots rock territory. Chip Mccabe, courant.com, "One can’t-miss band for every day at The Big E," 3 Sep. 2019 Cooks get to tap dance over to the stove, throwing a dash of this or a splash of that over their shoulder into a pot of simmering dinner. Joy Wilson, Washington Post, "Get Voraciously’s Baking Basics newsletter and learn the techniques that make baking a piece of cake," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tap dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20dance. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for tap dance

tap dance


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


\ 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


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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