[ hwey-ler, wey- ]
/ ˈʰweɪ lər, ˈweɪ- /


a person or vessel employed in whaling.


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Origin of whaler

First recorded in 1675–85; whale1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for whaler

/ (ˈweɪlə) /


Also called (US): whaleman a person employed in whaling
a vessel engaged in whalingSee factory ship, whale catcher
another word for whaleboat
Australian a nomad surviving in the bush without working
Australian short for whaler shark
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