[ trim-er ]
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  1. a person or thing that trims.

  2. a tool or machine for trimming, clipping, paring, or pruning.

  1. a machine for trimming lumber.

  2. Building Trades.

    • a joist or rafter supporting one of the ends of a header at the edge of a wellhole.

    • a wall tile or floor tile for finishing an edge or angle.

  3. an apparatus for stowing, arranging, or shifting cargo, coal, or the like.

  4. a person who has no firm position, opinion, or policy, especially in politics.

  5. a person who is committed to no particular political party, adapting to one side or another as expediency may dictate.

Origin of trimmer

First recorded in 1510–20; trim + -er1

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Other definitions for trimmer (2 of 2)

[ trim-er ]

  1. comparative of trim. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use trimmer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for trimmer


/ (ˈtrɪmə) /

  1. Also called: trimmer joist a beam in a floor or roof structure attached to truncated joists in order to leave an opening for a staircase, chimney, etc

  2. a machine for trimming timber

  1. Also called: trimming capacitor electronics a variable capacitor of small capacitance used for making fine adjustments, etc

  2. a person who alters his or her opinions on the grounds of expediency

  3. a person who fits out motor vehicles

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