• "'You can have a shake-down here,' said the farmer."
    "'You can have a shake-down here,' said the farmer."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n farmer a person who operates a farm
    • n Farmer an expert on cooking whose cookbook has undergone many editions (1857-1915)
    • n Farmer United States civil rights leader who in 1942 founded the Congress of Racial Equality (born in 1920)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Old Farmer Jones Old Farmer Jones
Farmer in cart Farmer in cart
The Farmer's Treasure The Farmer's Treasure
The farmer finds the queen weeping by the palanquin The farmer finds the queen weeping by the palanquin
Alfred as a Farmer Alfred as a Farmer
Bill Brown as a Farmer Bill Brown as a Farmer
Farmer, Wife and Genie Farmer, Wife and Genie

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest hiccups on record was by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987
    • n Farmer färm"ẽr (Mining) One who farms
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1864, A Quebec farmer found a frog inside a hailstone
    • n farmer One who undertakes the collection of taxes, customs, excise, or other duties for a certain rate per cent., or pays a fixed sum for the privilege of collecting and retaining them: as, a farmer of the revenues.
    • n farmer In mining, the lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown.
    • n farmer One who cultivates a farm, either as owner or lessee; in general, one who tills the soil.
    • n farmer The eldest son of the holder or occupier of a farm; anciently, a yeoman or country gentleman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Both Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter, U.S. presidents, were peanut farmers at one time
    • Farmer one who farms or cultivates land: the tenant of a farm: one who collects taxes, &c., for a certain rate per cent.:—fem. Farm′eress
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  • Bill Bryson
    Bill Bryson
    “There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “No one hates his job so heartily as a farmer.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Farmers are respectable and interesting to me in proportion as they are poor.”
  • Eugene F. Ware
    Eugene F. Ware
    “The farmer works the soil. The agriculturalist works the farmer.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fermier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feorm, goods, entertainment, from Low L. firma—L. firmus, firm. The Low L. firma meant a fixed payment, also a signature (whence our 'firm' in business); from 'rent' farm passed to 'lease,' then to 'a tract of land held on lease.' Farm is therefore a doublet of firm.


In literature:

Indeed, is it not a happy fact that the American farmer is not merely a farmer?
"Rural Problems of Today" by Ernest R. Groves
Farmer Ellison was coming up the stairs.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
And so they went down the road, Prince galloping along and Farmer Hill following after.
"Prince and Rover of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
Being a farmer's wife in those days, meant laboring outside any regulation of the hours of toil.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Farmers did not have hands that dented when you pressed them, and farmers' wives did not lift their skirts daintily from behind.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
And it was intended to benefit the farmer.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
For fifty years the farmers of Illinois knew no such rule.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
All these men are small farmers, or small farmers' sons.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
For many years an annual Farmers' Conference has been held which bids fair to become the Mecca of the Negro farmer.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
Once upon a time there were ten farmers, who were crossing a field together.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various

In poetry:

The farmer once again -
I learn from one who knows it -
Takes quantities of grain,
And walks about and sows it.
"A Pastoral" by P G Wodehouse
Heap high the farmer's wintry hoard!
Heap high the golden corn !
No richer gift has Autumn poured
From out her lavish horn !
"Heap High the Golden Corn" by John Greenleaf Whittier
When Winter comes in storm and wrath,
Thy soothing voice is heard;
As round the Farmer's peaceful hearth
Is read Thy holy word.
"For The Anniversary Of THe Hartford County Agricultural Society. 1826" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
OLD Farmer Oats and his son Ned
They quarreled about the old mare's bed,
And some hard words by each were said,
Sing, sing, ye all!
"Song" by John Jay Chapman
Old farmer Jack gazed on his wheat,
And feared the frost would nip it.
Said he, "it's nearly seven feet -
I must begin to strip 'it.
"Old Farmer Jack" by C J Dennis
"I know him not," said the aged man,
"And, as I remarked before,
I was with Grant"-- "Nay, nay, I know,"
Said the farmer, "say no more:
"The Aged Stranger" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

A Marion County farmer has filed a lawsuit alleging dogs killed his cattle.
Missouri farmers have been cautioned to watch for premature births of calves caused by heat stress on pregnant cows.
Raul Rengafo, of Miami, checks out some fresh produce from Campo d'Oro Organics and More during the farmers' market at Memorial Hospital Miramar.
Dylan's Candy Bar opens at the Original Farmers Market.
The Corn Farmers Coalition is back in Washington to continue its mission of telling the story of the revolution going on in modern farming and the significant role family farmers have in this success.
Having been a supporter of North Carolina farmers since his days as a member of Future Farmers of America, US Rep Howard Coble is being recognized for his work on behalf of agriculture by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Here are today's hot food topics: Beaverton Farmers Market expands: Good news, farmers market fans.
The System made 52,800 loans to young farmers, 61,955 loans to beginning farmers, and 137,529 loans to small farmers and ranchers.
Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Pro Farmer Editor.
Though I am not a farmer, I can only imagine that when the fields are ripe and ready, all farmers have a power surge flow through their bodies, and they shift to a totally different gear.
The governing board of May Township in Washington County voted Thursday to repeal an ordinance that restricted the hours farmers could work and required toilets on site, an attorney for the farmers said.
She is the daughter of Willie "Pooky" Farmer and Elizabeth Ann Farmer.
The merger of Sunflower Farmers Market and Sprouts Farmers Market may have captured the most attention, but it's not the only muscle this segment is flexing.
Future Fruit Growers of Lake Ontario , young farmers, New York young farmers.

In science:

The focus here will differ from that of Farmer, Gonek & Hughes 2007 in the following ways.
Freezing Transitions and Extreme Values: Random Matrix Theory, $\zeta(1/2+it)$, and Disordered Landscapes
It is worth remarking that our results relate to extreme values over much shorter ranges than those considered by Farmer, Gonek & Hughes 2007 - our focus is on ranges of lengths that are O(1), whereas theirs was on ranges of length T as T → ∞.
Freezing Transitions and Extreme Values: Random Matrix Theory, $\zeta(1/2+it)$, and Disordered Landscapes
Soc. 91, 33-104 • Conrey J.B., Farmer, D.W., Keating J.P., Rubsintein M.O. & Snaith N.C. 2008, Lower order terms in the full moment conjecture for the Riemann zeta function. J.
Freezing Transitions and Extreme Values: Random Matrix Theory, $\zeta(1/2+it)$, and Disordered Landscapes
We thank Brian Conrey and David Farmer for encouraging us to investigate this problem.
On the number of zeros of linear combinations of independent characteristic polynomials of random unitary matrices
GDM mod­ cision model module, abbreviated enable the farmer to fit the tasks of field observations ule.
MIDAS - An Influence Diagram for Management of Mildew in Winter Wheat