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crabber

[krab-er] /ˈkræb ər/
noun
1.
a person who catches crabs.
2.
a boat used in catching crabs.
Origin of crabber
1840-1850
1840-50; crab1 + er1

crab3

[krab] /kræb/
noun
1.
Informal. an ill-tempered or grouchy person.
verb (used without object), crabbed, crabbing.
2.
Informal. to find fault; complain.
3.
(of hawks) to claw each other.
verb (used with object), crabbed, crabbing.
4.
Informal. to find fault with.
5.
to make ill-tempered or grouchy; embitter.
6.
(of a hawk) to claw (another hawk).
7.
Slang. to spoil.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; back formation from crabbed
Related forms
crabber, noun
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  • They lay on their backs by scores and hundreds, and waved numberless legs in the air—I mean the crabs, not the crabbers.

    In the Footprints of the Padres Charles Warren Stoddard
  • But crabbers often haul up the anchor and go from place to place looking for better luck.

  • The sound of a small boat won't disturb him, because he's used to the noise of motors from crabbers.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • crabbers usually just anchor, put the bait over the side, and wait for bites.

British Dictionary definitions for crabbers

crab1

/kræb/
noun
1.
any chiefly marine decapod crustacean of the genus Cancer and related genera (section Brachyura), having a broad flattened carapace covering the cephalothorax, beneath which is folded the abdomen. The first pair of limbs are modified as pincers See also fiddler crab, soft-shell crab, pea crab, oyster crab related adjective cancroid
2.
any of various similar or related arthropods, such as the hermit crab and horseshoe crab
3.
short for crab louse
4.
a manoeuvre in which an aircraft flies slightly into the crosswind to compensate for drift
5.
a mechanical lifting device, esp the travelling hoist of a gantry crane
6.
(wrestling) See Boston crab
7.
(rowing) catch a crab, to make a stroke in which the oar either misses the water or digs too deeply, causing the rower to fall backwards
verb crabs, crabbing, crabbed
8.
(intransitive) to hunt or catch crabs
9.
(transitive) to fly (an aircraft) slightly into a crosswind to compensate for drift
10.
(intransitive) (nautical) to move forwards with a slight sideways motion, as to overcome an offsetting current
11.
(intransitive) to move sideways
See also crabs
Word Origin
Old English crabba; related to Old Norse krabbi, Old High German krebiz crab, Dutch krabben to scratch

crab2

/kræb/
verb crabs, crabbing, crabbed
1.
(intransitive) to find fault; grumble
2.
(transitive) (mainly US) to spoil (esp in the phrase crab someone's act)
noun
3.
an irritable person
4.
(Austral) draw the crabs, to attract unwelcome attention
Word Origin
C16: probably back formation from crabbed

crab3

/kræb/
noun
1.
short for crab apple
Word Origin
C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish skrabbe crab apple

Crab

/kræb/
noun
1.
the Crab, the constellation Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac

crabber

/ˈkræbə/
noun
1.
a crab fisherman
2.
a boat used for crab-fishing
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Word Origin and History for crabbers

crab

n.

crustacean, Old English crabba, from a general Germanic root (cf. Dutch krab, Old High German krebiz, German Krabbe, Old Norse krabbi "crab"), related to Low German krabben, Dutch krabelen "to scratch, claw," from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch, carve" (see carve). The constellation name is attested in English from c.1000; the Crab Nebula (1868), however, is in Taurus, and is so called for its shape. French crabe (13c.) is from Dutch.

"fruit of the wild apple tree," c.1300, crabbe, perhaps from Scandinavian scrab, of obscure origin (cf. Swedish krabbäpple). The combination of "bad-tempered, combative" and "sour" in the two nouns crab naturally yielded a verb meaning of "to vex, irritate" (c.1400), later "to complain irritably, find fault" (c.1500). The noun meaning "sour person" is from 1570s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crabbers

crab

noun

  1. : He's an awful crab, never gives her a moment's peace
  2. A resident of Annapolis, Maryland (1920s+)

verb

  1. To complain, esp to do so regularly; nag; bitch: Crab, crab, crab, that was all she ever did/ So us crabbing about our zero-life factors isn't up for debate, really (1812+)
  2. To spoil; ruin: He's trying to crab the deal (1890s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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