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hatter

1
[hat-er]
noun
  1. a maker or seller of hats.
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Origin of hatter

1
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hat, -er1

hatter

2
[hat-er]
noun Australian Informal.
  1. a person who has become eccentric from living alone in a remote area.
  2. a person who lives alone in the bush, as a herder or prospector.
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Origin of hatter

2
First recorded in 1850–55; said to be from the phrase “as mad as a hatter”
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Historical Examples of hatter

  • The only thing that vexed them was to meet their fathers, especially when the hatter had been drinking.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • It was during the early days of June that the hatter moved in.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • He was to set me up as a laundress, and work himself at his trade of a hatter.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • The family did not understand why she continued to bear a grudge against the hatter.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • "We can talk about it some other time," the hatter hastened to put in.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for hatter

hatter

noun
  1. a person who makes and sells hats
  2. mad as a hatter crazily eccentric
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Word Origin and History for hatter

n.

late 14c., from hat + -er (1).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hatter

hatter

see mad as a hatter.

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