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[tren-cher-muh n] /ˈtrɛn tʃər mən/
noun, plural trenchermen.
a person who has a hearty appetite; a heavy eater.
Archaic. a hanger-on; parasite.
Origin of trencherman
First recorded in 1580-90; trencher + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Not a mouse is stirring:—the old trencherman is as still as his bowl.

  • Alfred, as a trencherman, was no degenerate son of such a sire.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Jimmy surpassed himself, and great was the admiration expressed for his ability as a trencherman.

  • Taking him all round, the German as a trencherman stands pre-eminent among the nations of the earth.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • His prowess as a trencherman aroused the admiration and respect of Fernolia, who waited on table.

    A Woman Named Smith

    Marie Conway Oemler
British Dictionary definitions for trencherman


noun (pl) -men
a person who enjoys food; hearty eater
(archaic) a person who sponges on others; parasite
Word Origin
C16: from trencher1 + man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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