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[pley-ter; for 2 also plat-er] /ˈpleɪ tər; for 2 also ˈplæt ər/
a person or thing that plates.
an inferior race horse.
Origin of plater
First recorded in 1710-20; plate1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At the same time both Grimshaw and plater appeared, each bearing a large package securely wrapped in canvas on his shoulder.

    Raftmates Kirk Munroe
  • You might have guessed, Master Grog, that she never could be a 'plater.'

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • He could easily spring to it from the upper deck of the Whatnot, as he saw plater and Grimshaw were about to do.

    Raftmates Kirk Munroe
  • We must talk it over with plater, and come to some decision this very day.

    Raftmates Kirk Munroe
  • Mr. plater, though on his back, had nearly succeeded in drawing a pistol from his hip pocket.

    Raftmates Kirk Munroe
  • And after all—she had to admit it ruefully, he was a bit of a plater.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • But the witty characterisation of Madame plater holds good of Liszt.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
  • plater, benumbed with cold (it is himself who gives us the account), had drawn off his boots to warm his feet at the watch-fire.

  • A few words more explained the situation, and, angry as he was, plater did not stop to waste time in idle reproaches just then.

    Raftmates Kirk Munroe
  • Then he gave vent to the same peculiar whistle with which plater had announced his own approach to the log-hut in the woods.

    Raftmates Kirk Munroe
British Dictionary definitions for plater


a person or thing that plates
(horse racing)
  1. a mediocre horse entered chiefly for minor races
  2. a blacksmith who shoes racehorses with the special type of light shoe used for racing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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A racehorse, esp an inferior one; beetle, pig (1920s+ Horse racing)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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