[ swom-per ]
/ ˈswɒm pər /


Informal. a person who inhabits, works in, or is exceptionally familiar with swamps.
a general assistant or laborer; menial.
a person who trims felled trees into logs at a logging camp or sawmill.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. a motorist or truck driver, especially one using a CB radio.

Nearby words

  1. swamp pink,
  2. swamp rabbit,
  3. swamp rose,
  4. swamp sparrow,
  5. swamp white oak,
  6. swampfish,
  7. swamphen,
  8. swampland,
  9. swampscott,
  10. swampy

Origin of swamper

First recorded in 1715–25; swamp + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for swamper


/ (ˈswɒmpə) /


  1. a person who lives or works in a swampy region, esp in the southern US
  2. a person who clears a swamp of trees and undergrowth or who clears a path in a forest for transporting logs
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Word Origin and History for swamper



1735, "one who lives in a swampy district," from swamp (n.). Meaning "workman who clears a lumber road through swamp or forest" is 1857, American English; meaning "all-purpose assistant in a restaurant or saloon" is from 1907.

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