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sharecropper

[shair-krop-er]
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noun
  1. a tenant farmer who pays as rent a share of the crop.
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Origin of sharecropper

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; share1 + cropper
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Related Words for sharecropper

laborer, sharecropper, rancher, peasant, producer, grower, rube, provincial, bumpkin, boor, rustic, hayseed, serf, peon, hick, villein, farmhand, cropper, planter, tender

British Dictionary definitions for sharecropper

sharecropper

noun
  1. mainly US a farmer, esp a tenant farmer, who pays over a proportion of a crop or crops as rent
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Word Origin and History for sharecropper

n.

also share-cropper, 1887, in a U.S. Southern context; from share + agent noun from crop (v.). Share-crop system attested from 1871. As a verb, share-crop is recorded by 1867. Sharecropping attested by 1936.

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