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  1. (formerly) a person or ship illegally engaged in the slave trade, especially in the Pacific.
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Origin of blackbirder

First recorded in 1880–85; blackbird + -er1
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Examples from the Web for blackbirder

Historical Examples

  • They say he used to be a pirate and blackbirder and that he can tell strange yarns if he will—but that's all talk.

    The Pirate Shark

    Elliott Whitney

  • The authorities, they get worried because a Kanaka's spree lands him, like as not, in a blackbirder.