- a packhorse or mule.
Origin of sumpter
Examples from the Web for sumpter
"O, because she resembles a sister I lost," returned Sumpter after a brief hesitation.
If innocent, why did she not remain and boldly refute the tale Sumpter had told?
"He is in the office with Mr. Sumpter, I believe," was the reply.
On the preceding day, the post at Orangeburg had surrendered to Sumpter.
Sumpter was preceded by the legion, supported by the state cavalry.
- archaic a packhorse, mule, or other beast of burden
Word Origin and History for sumpter
early 14c., "driver of a pack horse," from Old French sommetier, from Vulgar Latin *sagmatarius "a pack horse driver," from Late Latin sagmat- "a pack, burden," stem of sagma "packsaddle," from Greek sagma, probably related to sattein "to pack, press, stuff." Used from mid-15c. of horses and mules for carrying loads.