Origin of fowler

before 900; Middle English foweler, Old English fughelere. See fowl, -er1


  1. Henry H(am·ill) [ham-uh l] /ˈhæm əl/, 1908–2000, U.S. lawyer and government official: secretary of the Treasury 1965–68.
  2. Henry Watson,1858–1933, English lexicographer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Henry Watson . 1858–1933, English lexicographer and grammarian; compiler of Modern English Usage (1926)
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Word Origin and History for fowler

Old English fugelere, agent noun from fuglian "to hunt fowl" (see fowl).

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