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[traw-ler] /ˈtrɔ lər/
a person who trawls.
any of various types of vessels used in fishing with a trawl net.
Origin of trawler
First recorded in 1590-1600; trawl + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • After the chase had been on for over an hour another shot was fired from the trawler.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • A trawler was employed to tow a submarine by a submerged hawser.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • They gave me command of a trawler, a perfectly beastly kind of boat.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • We boys—I was a boy in a Brixham trawler then—certainly believed that.

  • They did not and so we safely boarded our trawler at Cape Helles.

  • I'll eat it this time, but remember I won't have any waste on this trawler.

  • They went right to the stem of the trawler and stood against the gunwale.

  • We must start as soon as possible after the midnight shoot, if there is any trawler near us then.'

  • There is not a trawler in the North Sea catches more fish than the Sparrow-hawk.

  • A trawler was lying there, which had evidently been in a collision.

British Dictionary definitions for trawler


a vessel used for trawling
a person who trawls
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trawler

1590s, agent noun from trawl.

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



channel surfer, grazer (1990s+)

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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