mule skinner


noun Informal.

a muleteer.

Origin of mule skinner

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of mule skinner

  • He fell suddenly into the violent, pungent speech of the mule-skinner.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • "This schoolmarm lady has fainted," announced the mule-skinner.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • His father was a mule-skinner—it's in the blood—can't help it possibly.


    Charles Emmett Van Loan

  • Mr. Hennage's baleful eyes scouted the mule-skinner's person for evidence of hardware.

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

  • He would stand up an yell, crack his mule-skinner, and send the ponies along on a dead run.

    Friar Tuck

    Robert Alexander Wason

British Dictionary definitions for mule skinner

mule skinner


US and Canadian an informal term for muleteer
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