[ fahr-mer ]
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  1. a person who farms; person who operates a farm or cultivates land.

  2. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. an unsophisticated or ignorant person, especially one from a rural area.

  1. Archaic. a person who undertakes some service, as the care of children or poor people, at a fixed price.

  2. Archaic. a person who undertakes the collection of taxes, duties, etc., paying a fixed sum for the privilege of retaining them.

  3. Cards.

    • a variety of twenty-one played with a 45-card pack, the object being to obtain cards having a total worth of 16.

    • the dealer in this game.

Origin of farmer

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English fermer, fermour, from Anglo-French, Old French fermier “collector of revenue,” from Medieval Latin firmārius “one who holds lands or tenement for a fixed number of years or for life”; see origin at farm, -er2

usage note For farmer

The word farmer has been used as a derogatory term for an ignorant or unsophisticated person, especially one from a rural area (whether an actual farmer or not), since the 1800's. A couple of citations illustrate this. One early example is found in Artie by George Ade (1896): “I may be a farmer, but it takes better people than you to sling the bull con into me,” uttered by the title character Artie, who is a young office worker and not a farmer. A book review in The Guardian (August 21, 2001) shows a more recent use: “I worked in a couple of those bars where you hustle champagne. They were businessmen, they weren't naive farmers.”

Other words from farmer

  • farm·er·like, adjective
  • pro·farm·er, adjective
  • un·der·farm·er, noun

Words Nearby farmer

Other definitions for Farmer (2 of 2)

[ fahr-mer ]

  1. Fannie (Mer·ritt) [mer-it], /ˈmɛr ɪt/, 1857–1915, U.S. authority on cooking.

  2. James (Leonard), 1920–1999, U.S. civil rights leader; founder of CORE. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use farmer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for farmer (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfɑːmə) /

  1. a person who operates or manages a farm

  2. a person who obtains the right to collect and retain a tax, rent, etc, or operate a franchise for a specified period on payment of a fee

  1. a person who looks after a child for a fixed sum

British Dictionary definitions for Farmer (2 of 2)


/ (ˈfɑːmə) /

  1. John. ?1565–1605, English madrigal composer and organist

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