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[hat-er] /ˈhæt ər/
a maker or seller of hats.
Origin of hatter1
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at hat, -er1


[hat-er] /ˈhæt ər/
noun, Australian Informal.
a person who has become eccentric from living alone in a remote area.
a person who lives alone in the bush, as a herder or prospector.
First recorded in 1850-55; said to be from the phrase “as mad as a hatter” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hatter
Historical Examples
  • He was to set me up as a laundress, and work himself at his trade of a hatter.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • It was during the early days of June that the hatter moved in.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The family did not understand why she continued to bear a grudge against the hatter.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The only thing that vexed them was to meet their fathers, especially when the hatter had been drinking.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • "We can talk about it some other time," the hatter hastened to put in.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • "The Captain must have thought you as mad as a hatter," I smiled.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • His father was a hatter, and in all probability he learned the trade himself.

  • "Mad as a hatter," said Grant, inferring the joke was on Pierre.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • He got mad as a hatter when I said one day that Karl couldn't live.

    The Marx He Knew John Spargo
  • "If I believed as you do, I would go into business at once," said the hatter.

British Dictionary definitions for hatter


a person who makes and sells hats
mad as a hatter, crazily eccentric
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Word Origin and History for hatter

late 14c., from hat + -er (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with hatter


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