trapper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trapper someone who sets traps for animals (usually to obtain their furs)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trapper (Mining) A boy who opens and shuts a trapdoor in a gallery or level.
    • Trapper One who traps animals; one who makes a business of trapping animals for their furs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trapper One who makes a business of trapping wild animals, usually such as yield fur, as the marten or sable, mink, otter, beaver, and muskrat.
    • n trapper A trap-fisher.
    • n trapper In mining, a boy or girl in a coal-mine who opens the air-doors of the galleries for the passage of the coal-wagons.
    • n trapper A horse for use in a trap.
    • n trapper The housing and defensive armor of a horse, especially of a horse caparisoned for a just or tournament: generally in the plural. Compare bard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Trapper one who traps animals for their fur, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Trap to insnare
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. træppe; cog. with Old High Ger. trapa, a snare (whence Fr. trappe, by which the Eng. word has been modified).

Usage

In literature:

Menial service to a free trapper!
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
As soon as it was dark, the old trapper lighted a torch, and with a spear went out in the canoe.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was a wild animal trapper, and gathered Natural History specimens of many kinds for museums and menageries.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
Them's the trapper's cure for all ills.
"Over the Rocky Mountains" by R.M. Ballantyne
I heard the shot, and judged that Indians or trappers were near.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
I've heard of old trappers doing that.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Did I ever tell ye about the feller as the trappers that goes to the far North calls the `Wild Man o' the West'?
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
But the other pursuers were more sanguine; they knew not the stratagems of the Indians so well as the trapper.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
He's a hunter 'n trapper that goes roamin' round over the peraries.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
It was also the season when the trappers were coming into the mountains, and the Wild Geese were honking overhead.
"The Biography of a Grizzly" by Ernest Thompson Seton
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In poetry:

I see the swarthy trappers come
From Mississippi's springs;
And war-chiefs with their painted brows,
And crests of eagle wings.
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet, welcomer than regal plumes,
Which Western trappers find,
Thy free and pleasant thoughts, chance sown,
Like feathers on the wind.
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'These four-and-twenty mills complete
Sall gang for thee throw all the yeir,
And as mekle of gude reid wheit
As all their trappers dow to bear.'
"Johnny Armstrong (original)" by Anonymous British
The trapper, moistening his moose's meat
On the wet bank by Uncanoonuc's feet,
Saw the swift boat flash down the troubled stream;
Slept he, or waked he? was it truth or dream?
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There,--when leafless woods uplift
Spectral arms the storm-blasts splinter,
And the hoary trapper, Winter,
Builds his camp of ice and drift,
With his snow-pelts furred and shod,--
All the land is one with God.
"Along The Stream" by Madison Julius Cawein
Then the Winter, barren-browed, but rich in
Shaggy followers of frost and freezing,
Made the floor of thy broad boughs his kitchen,
Trapper-like, to camp in; grimly easing
Limbs snow-furred and moccasoned with lichen.
"A Fallen Beech" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Even if you're not a trapper, you might want to think about attending the Alaska Trappers Association's monthly meeting on Tuesday if you own a snowmachine.
A young Utah trapper is addicted to the thrill of the trapline and working in the fur shed.
Iguana permission slips needed for trapper to trap.
It was a close call for "Trapper Joe" & "Trigger Tommy" yesterday as the two 'Swamp People' stars were able to walk away from a five-vehicle pileup unharmed near the Arkansas-Louisiana state line.
Actor Gregory Harrison, aka Gonzo on the TV show "Trapper John, M.D" was an Echo Beach regular.
Officials say wolf hunters and trappers should check each day to see what's closed.
All of his friends bled the burnt orange and decorated their trapper keepers with Longhorn stickers while both his parents are alumni.
PHOTO OF BLITZEN TRAPPER BY TODD ROETH.
Trappers and hunters and traders.
"Trapper's Zoo and Jungle Garden" as it looks today at the establishment of Trapper Nelson.
Trappers usually take notice of dead animals on roadways.
Boy Scout Unit 576 of the Mt Ogden District, Trapper trails Council, has been placing the American flag in the front of various Mountain Green homes for nine years.
Swamp People's Trapper Joe On The Breakfast Club.
But his contract expired about 2 1/2 years ago, and the county's decision to stop letting trappers use hunting dogs made it hard to replace him, White said.
The department has to supervise trappers with dogs, which strains resources.
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