Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Scotland and the north of England, one who rents a cottage on a farm and is bound, as a condition of his tenancy, to work for the farmer at certain seasons, such as turnip-hoeing or harvest-time, or to supply a worker from his own family, at current wages. See bondage, n., 2.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. A field worker, esp. a woman who works in the field.
- bondage + -er (Wiktionary)
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