[tren-cher-muh n]

noun, plural trench·er·men.

a person who has a hearty appetite; a heavy eater.
Archaic. a hanger-on; parasite.

Origin of trencherman

First recorded in 1580–90; trencher + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trencherman

Historical Examples of trencherman

  • Not a mouse is stirring:—the old Trencherman is as still as his bowl.

  • Alfred, as a trencherman, was no degenerate son of such a sire.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • Jimmy surpassed himself, and great was the admiration expressed for his ability as a trencherman.

  • Taking him all round, the German as a trencherman stands pre-eminent among the nations of the earth.

    Three Men on the Bummel

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • His prowess as a trencherman aroused the admiration and respect of Fernolia, who waited on table.

    A Woman Named Smith

    Marie Conway Oemler

British Dictionary definitions for trencherman


noun plural -men

a person who enjoys food; hearty eater
archaic a person who sponges on others; parasite

Word Origin for trencherman

C16: from trencher 1 + man
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