- 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.
Origin of swamper
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Examples from the Web for swamper
The swamper disclaimed the generous imputation with a shake of the head.
The swamper stood up with his own eyes full, but his voice was firm.
"Give them both the thrashing and the preaching," said the swamper.The Lumberjack Sky Pilot
Thomas D. Whittles
Penny and Louise thanked the swamper and paid him for use of the boat.
The swamper stared steadily at her a moment, saying nothing.
- a person who lives or works in a swampy region, esp in the southern US
- a person who clears a swamp of trees and undergrowth or who clears a path in a forest for transporting logs
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper