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[swom-per] /ˈswɒm pər/
Informal. a person who inhabits, works in, or is exceptionally familiar with swamps.
a general assistant or laborer; menial.
a person who trims felled trees into logs at a logging camp or sawmill.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. a motorist or truck driver, especially one using a CB radio.
Origin of swamper
First recorded in 1715-25; swamp + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The swamper disclaimed the generous imputation with a shake of the head.


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  • The swamper stood up with his own eyes full, but his voice was firm.


    George Washington Cable
  • "Give them both the thrashing and the preaching," said the swamper.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • Penny and Louise thanked the swamper and paid him for use of the boat.

    Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
  • The swamper stared steadily at her a moment, saying nothing.

    Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
  • After a few minutes, the swamper thrust the pan back into its hiding place.

    Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
  • And for his swamper's labor he was almost fastidiously clean.

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  • The swamper looked up at Val's hail but this time he did not leave.

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  • Val stood there, ill at ease, while the swamper eyed him composedly.

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  • He looked about him as if he expected the swamper to materialize out of thin air.

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British Dictionary definitions for swamper


  1. a person who lives or works in a swampy region, esp in the southern US
  2. a person who clears a swamp of trees and undergrowth or who clears a path in a forest for transporting logs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for swamper

1735, "one who lives in a swampy district," from swamp (n.). Meaning "workman who clears a lumber road through swamp or forest" is 1857, American English; meaning "all-purpose assistant in a restaurant or saloon" is from 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for swamper



  1. A trucker's or teamster's helper or loader: The cops want to know if any of the wives knew which swampers their husbands were using (1929+ for a trucker, 1870+ for a teamster)
  2. The second in command of a white-water raft (1980s+)
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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