American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British One who rents and cultivates a croft; a tenant farmer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who occupies or cultivates a croft; specifically, a small farmer on the western coast and islands of Scotland. The Scotch crofter is a small land-tenant, whose holding is not large enough to be called a farm or to support him by tillage. He is the counterpart of the Irish cottier.
- n. Originally a customary tenant with well-defined rights to his holding, in the early nineteenth century the crofter came to be regarded merely as a tenant at will. Wholesale evictions of crofters led, in 1883, to the appointment of a parliamentary commission of investigation, the result of which was the enactment, in 1885, of the Crofters Act, which guaranteed permanence of tenure, compensation for improvements, and fair rents, determined by a permanent commission.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who rents and tills a small farm or holding.
- n. an owner or tenant of a small farm in Great Britain
- croft + -er (Wiktionary)
“There is, according to the old joke, no equivalent in Gaelic to the word mañana - nothing, as the crofter is supposed to have said to the tourist, "expressing quite that degree of urgency".”
“There was a house within sight, one of those hovels in which still the Highland shepherd or crofter is content to live.”
“The "never had it so good" prime minister liked to portray himself as the great - great grandson of a "crofter" (actually a conventional farmer) on the isle of Arran in the shipping lanes of the Firth of Clyde.”
“My paternal grandfather was a Scottish Highland "crofter".”
“This would mean very unfair voting, since a single crofter in the Highlands would have the same influence as half a dozen lazy Londoners, since there are no local elections in the capital next year.”
“Weeks of greasing palms and buying drinks and feigning interest in idiots bragging about their “bravery” across the border, when none of them had done more than knife an unarmed crofter and burn down his hut.”
“One of the men, a sturdy-looking crofter in leather trews, had tossed a few coins on the table in front of Dougal, and seemed to be making a short speech of his own.”
“He visited the island several times and went searching the cliffs and geos with his shotgun and some crofter assistants from the Stout family.”
“The quaich's simple, yet beautiful, form has ensured its longevity as a vessel offering kinship and love, from the humble Highland crofter, through proud Clan Chiefs to the Kings of Scotland.”
“In my research there, I discovered that many of the stories tell of the greedy crofter who steals the pelt of a selkie girl and makes her his bride.”
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