- an animal, plant, or person that produces offspring or reproduces.
- a person who raises animals or plants primarily for breeding purposes.
- Also called breeder reactor. Energy. a nuclear reactor in which more fissile material is produced than is consumed.
- Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used by gays to refer to a heterosexual.
- Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used especially by child-free people to refer to a biological parent.
Origin of breeder
Examples from the Web for breeder
It would be nice to feel—as he put it the other day—that he had “a breeder” among his grandchildren.When Did "Married Without Children" Become Gauche?
November 15, 2008
So you wish me to set up as a breeder of young horses, do you, Socrates?The Economist
This becomes a source of great annoyance and loss to the breeder.
Slinking is one of the greatest pests to which a breeder is subjected.
Great care, therefore, must be taken by the breeder when his calves are weaned.
I have also been assured by a breeder that this is the case.
- a person who breeds plants or animals
- something that reproduces, esp to excessrabbits are persistent breeders
- an animal kept for breeding purposes
- a source or causea breeder of discontent
- short for breeder reactor
Word Origin and History for breeder
1570s, "one who produces or originates," agent noun from breed (v.). Meaning "one who breeds cattle" or some other animal is recorded from 1530s. Of nuclear reactors, from 1948. As a scornful homosexual term for "heterosexual person," attested from 1986.