a full-rigged ship built in New England in the late 19th century, usually of wood and relatively fast.
a native or inhabitant of Maine.
a native or inhabitant of New England.
Canadian. a native or resident of the Maritime Provinces.

Origin of down-easter

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; down East + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for down-easter

Historical Examples of down-easter

  • This person was a down-easter, and was well acquainted with the Johnstons and Wiscasset.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • "Guess you'll pay me two dollars," said the down-easter, quietly.

  • A down-easter strutted about the city one day, puffing at a cigar.

  • The third youth was long and lank and talked with a nasal drawl and a manner of speech that proclaimed him a down-easter.

  • He was a specimen of the Southerner possessing salient points, and was a study for the Down-Easter.