One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who draws and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar.
- ‘Their ranks also included proctors, ‘apparators,’ tapsters, a toll taker on London Bridge, and ‘pattentees.’’
- ‘Dispensing witticisms in accents as thick as the foamy head on the Guinness they carefully pour, the tapsters at Dublin House move behind the long, well-used bar, with much of the same natural ease as many of the patrons down their drinks in front of it.’
- ‘She spends most of her time out and about in Suzail buying the drinkables served at the bar but occasionally arrives of an evening to chat with patrons and flirt with her tapsters (who are all scared of her).’
- ‘Sir John, staying at the Garter Inn, successfully recommends him to his Host as a tapster.’
- ‘It was a classical insurgency situation, in which "decayed tapsters and serving men" faced men who "knew what they fought for and loved what they knew".’
Old English tæppestre, denoting a woman serving ale (see tap, -ster).
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