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Origin of trapper

First recorded in 1615–25; trap1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of trapper

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

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

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

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

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  • Trapper Jim showed them how to cook some of the venison in a most appetizing way.

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper