[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.
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
Jaeger says Ashton “single-handedly lost the Casey Anthony case,” due to his “shenanigans.”Casey Anthony Prosecutor: Vote For Me!
July 12, 2012
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.Indirection
Everett B. Cole
Patsy could just see the jaeger's teeth bared in a permanent grin.Patsy
S. R. Crockett
Jaeger was the detective who haunted the boxes at the opera.
Jaeger is watching the other, and the dark one is watching me.
- 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
C18: from German Jäger hunter, from jagen to hunt; see yacht
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