a maker of or dealer in malt.

Origin of maltster

First recorded in 1325–75, maltster is from the Middle English word malt(e)stere. See malt, -ster Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maltster

Historical Examples of maltster

  • Mrs. Reeves, the Maltster's wife, was soured in temper and angular of face.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • The maltster's task is now finished, and we come to the brewer's.

  • In 1842 he entered the business of his father and grandfather as a merchant and maltster.

    The Life of George Borrow

    Clement K. Shorter

  • On the local requirements Mr. Foster the maltster was a very Baedeker.


    Anthony Hope

  • "'Tis a' awkward gift for a man, poor soul," said the maltster.

British Dictionary definitions for maltster



a person who makes or deals in malt
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Word Origin and History for maltster

"maker of malt," early 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from malt + -ster.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper