reaper

[ ree-per ]
/ ˈri pər /

noun

a machine for cutting standing grain; reaping machine.
a person who reaps.

Nearby words

  1. reamer,
  2. rean,
  3. reanalysis,
  4. reanimate,
  5. reap,
  6. reaping machine,
  7. reappear,
  8. reappearance,
  9. reapply,
  10. reappoint

Origin of reaper

before 1000; Middle English reper, Old English ripere. See reap, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for reaper

reaper

/ (ˈriːpə) /

noun

a person who reaps or a machine for reaping
the grim reaper death
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Word Origin and History for reaper

reaper

n.

Old English ripere, agent noun from reap (v.). As the name of a personification of death, from 1839.

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