- to feed on growing grass and pasturage, as do cattle, sheep, etc.
- Informal. to eat small portions of food, as appetizers or the like, in place of a full-sized meal or to snack during the course of the day in place of regular meals.
- to feed on (growing grass).
- to put cattle, sheep, etc., to feed on (grass, pastureland, etc.).
- to tend (cattle, sheep, etc.) while they are at pasture.
Origin of graze1
- to touch or rub lightly in passing.
- to scrape the skin from; abrade: The bullet just grazed his shoulder.
- to touch or rub something lightly, or so as to produce slight abrasion, in passing: to graze against a rough wall.
- a touching or rubbing lightly in passing.
- a slight scratch, scrape, or wound made in passing; abrasion.
Origin of graze2
Examples from the Web for grazer
He told the grazer what were the orders he had, and that he would have to live up to them.
But the grazer had a copy of 'orders,' too, and he had hired a lawyer to find out how he could get out of them.
He had heard that some grazer from your county, Abner, was on the way up to buy the cattle for stockers.
An Austrian who was in the town afterwards described the attack in the Grazer Tagespost.What Germany Thinks
Thomas F. A. Smith
- to allow (animals) to consume the vegetation on (an area of land), or (of animals, esp cows and sheep) to feed thus
- (tr) to tend (livestock) while at pasture
- informal to eat snacks throughout the day rather than formal meals
- Southern African informal to eat
- (intr) informal to switch between television channels while viewing without watching any channel for long
- US to pilfer and eat sweets, vegetables, etc, from supermarket shelves while shopping
- Southern African informal a snack; something to eat
- (when intr, often foll by against or along) to brush or scrape (against) gently, esp in passing
- (tr) to break the skin of (a part of the body) by scraping
- the act of grazing
- a scrape or abrasion made by grazing
Word Origin and History for grazer
"to feed," Old English grasian "to feed on grass," from græs "grass" (see grass). Cf. Middle Dutch, Middle High German grasen, Dutch grazen, German grasen. Figurative use by 1570s. Related: Grazed; grazing.
"to touch," c.1600, perhaps a transferred sense from graze (v.1) via a notion of cropping grass right down to the ground (cf. German grasen "to feed on grass," used in military sense in reference to cannonballs that rebound off the ground). Related: Grazed; grazing. As a noun from 1690s.