a small wrasse, Tautogolabrus adspersus, common in North Atlantic coastal waters of the U.S.

Origin of cunner

First recorded in 1595–1605; origin uncertain
Also called bergall. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cunner

Historical Examples of cunner

  • The cunner is here recorded for the urchin with the cane pole.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

  • For instance, the cunner and sheepshead are expert bait stealers.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing

    James Alexander Henshall

  • It may be that the first hook was taken by some other fish, but the cunner got in ahead on the bait.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

  • Some men stick an awl through a cunner's head, or catch it fast in a stout iron hook, to hold it while skinning.

    How to Camp Out

    John M. Gould

  • For the first bait of the first fisherman that ever threw hook into the North Atlantic was taken by a cunner.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard