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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for trawler
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  • The minute this trawler shows up, we'll know about it and we'll move in on them.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • A trawler was employed to tow a submarine by a submerged hawser.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • They were making a lee of the trawler so as to get the boat over.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • 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
  • The gear of the trawler Pelican was just being hove in when a mine was discovered entangled in the warp.

    The Fleets Behind the Fleet W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon
  • They gave me command of a trawler, a perfectly beastly kind of boat.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • Instantly the submarine astern of the trawler was released from the tow rope and forged ahead under her own electric engines.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • We boys—I was a boy in a Brixham trawler then—certainly believed that.

  • Amid a hail of good-nights the three chums and Inspector Burton were rowed to the trawler.

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

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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