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  1. a person or thing that traps.
  2. a person whose business is the trapping of animals for their furs.
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Origin of trapper

First recorded in 1615–25; trap1 + -er1
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Related Words for trapper

hawker, deerstalker, huntsman, sportsman, trapper, falconer, fisherman, stalker, chaser, huntress, pursuer, pursuant

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Contemporary Examples of trapper

Historical Examples of trapper

  • There must have been a sound, and he glanced over to the trapper for an explanation.

  • And before the trapper could make a protest he had drawn back into the horse shed.

  • This, by silent consent, was to be the reward of the trapper.

  • The trapper slapped his lank, leather-clad thigh in high approval.

    In the Valley

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  • Trapper Jim's idea seemed to be built on the principle that "like is cured by like."

British Dictionary definitions for trapper


  1. a person who traps animals, esp for their furs or skins
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Word Origin and History for trapper


"one who traps animals" (for fur, etc.), 1768, agent noun from trap (v.).

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