[yey-ger; for 1 also jey-ger]


any of several rapacious seabirds of the family Stercorariidae that pursue weaker birds to make them drop their prey.
a hunter.
a member of any of several groups of sharpshooters in the German or Austrian army.

Also jager, jäger, yager (for defs 2, 3).

Origin of jaeger

1770–80; < German Jäger hunter, equivalent to jag(en) to hunt + -er -er1
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Examples from the Web for jaeger

Contemporary Examples of jaeger

Historical Examples of jaeger

  • How maddening if, seeing that I was an unprotected man, they palmed off Jaeger on me!

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • One had but to be near Master Jaeger for a time, and he could feel the power, just as I can feel it now.


    Everett B. Cole

  • Patsy could just see the jaeger's teeth bared in a permanent grin.


    S. R. Crockett

  • Jaeger was the detective who haunted the boxes at the opera.

    The Magic Curtain

    Roy J. Snell

  • Jaeger is watching the other, and the dark one is watching me.

    The Magic Curtain

    Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for jaeger



military a marksman in certain units of the German or Austrian armies
a member of a light or mountain infantry unit in some European armies
US and Canadian any of several skuas of the genus Stercorarius
rare a hunter or hunter's attendant
Also (for senses 1, 2, 4): jager, jäger

Word Origin for jaeger

C18: from German Jäger hunter, from jagen to hunt; see yacht
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