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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. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • He had lost his bearings and was growing as mad as a hatter.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • The hatter in the Strand, mounting a huge lath-and-plaster Hat.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • "Mad as a hatter," they would say, and quote his dislike of the field-path in proof.

    Here and Hereafter Barry Pain
  • You were a hatter, in business at one time, and are not now?

  • Amongst others, as we have seen, came the hatter who found only three hats in the kirk.

  • It was during the early days of June that the hatter moved in.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • He was to set me up as a laundress, and work himself at his trade of a hatter.

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

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Manifestly, Philippa was indeed, as Mrs. Thompson had said, 'as mad as a hatter.'

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • "We can talk about it some other time," the hatter hastened to put in.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for hatter


a person who makes and sells hats
mad as a hatter, crazily eccentric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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