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  1. a person who trawls.
  2. any of various types of vessels used in fishing with a trawl net.
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Origin of trawler

First recorded in 1590–1600; trawl + -er1
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Historical Examples

  • After the chase had been on for over an hour another shot was fired from the trawler.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

  • A trawler was employed to tow a submarine by a submerged hawser.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

  • They gave me command of a trawler, a perfectly beastly kind of boat.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • We boys—I was a boy in a Brixham trawler then—certainly believed that.

  • They did not and so we safely boarded our trawler at Cape Helles.

British Dictionary definitions for trawler


  1. a vessel used for trawling
  2. a person who trawls
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Word Origin and History for trawler


1590s, agent noun from trawl.

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