a person who seizes another's claim of land, especially for mineral rights.

Origin of claim-jumper

First recorded in 1825–35
Related formsclaim-jump·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for claim-jumper

Historical Examples of claim-jumper

  • But Alice was no claim-jumper—so long as the notice of ownership was plainly posted.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • What's the truth about that McMahon claim-jumper who was acquitted this morning?

  • The man must have been a claim-jumper, and meant to steal those papers.

    A Damaged Reputation

    Harold Bindloss

  • He dared the shotgun the night they run that claim-jumper off.

    Vandemark's Folly

    Herbert Quick

  • You make about the poorest kind of claim-jumper I ever ran up against, and I've handled quite a few in my time.

    A Damaged Reputation

    Harold Bindloss