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[doun-ee-ster] /ˌdaʊnˈi stər/
a full-rigged ship built in New England in the late 19th century, usually of wood and relatively fast.
a native or inhabitant of Maine.
a native or inhabitant of New England.
Canadian. a native or resident of the Maritime Provinces.
Origin of down-easter
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20; down East + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This person was a down-easter, and was well acquainted with the Johnstons and Wiscasset.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • A down-easter strutted about the city one day, puffing at a cigar.

  • "Guess you'll pay me two dollars," said the down-easter, quietly.

  • The third youth was long and lank and talked with a nasal drawl and a manner of speech that proclaimed him a down-easter.

    Frank Merriwell's Backers

    Burt L. Standish
  • He was a specimen of the Southerner possessing salient points, and was a study for the down-easter.

    The Memories of Fifty Years

    William H. Sparks
  • Calico rather shuns me, as a general thing, my down-easter, on account of my plain speaking.

  • I exclaimed, halting suddenly, 'there is living critters here, as I'm a down-easter.'

  • "He's a down-easter—a horse jockey chap, I'll be bound," cried another.

  • Moreover, to Matt's practiced eye, this individual seemed to savor of a down-easter.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne

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