Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man stationed at the bow of a boat engaged in seining, to watch the movements of the fish and direct the course of the boat accordingly.
- n. A man stationed on a hill or at a masthead to signal to fishing-boats the course taken by shoals of pilchard, herring, or other fish which shoal. Also called balker.
- n. One who cries out or gives an alarm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who cries out or gives an alarm; specifically, a balker; a conder. See balker.
- hue + -er (Wiktionary)
“The merchant forgets his dignity, and joins them; the "huer," so calm and collected hitherto, loses his self-possession and waves his cap triumphantly; even you and I, reader, uninitiated spectators though we are, catch the infection, and cheer away with the rest, as if our bread depended on the event of the next few minutes.”
“The merchants, to whom the boats and nets belong, and by whom the men are employed, join the "huer" on the cliff; all their friends follow them; boys shout, dogs bark madly; every little boat in the place puts off, crammed with idle spectators; old men and women hobble down to the beach to wait for the news.”
“Whenever the "huer" observes from above that they are startled, and are separating at any particular point, to that point he waves his bush, thither the boats are steered, and there the net is "shot" at once.”
“All eyes are fixed on the "huer;" he stands watchful and still, until the shoal is thoroughly embayed, in water which he knows to be within the depth of the "seine" net.”
“As soon as the "huer" discerns the first appearance of a shoal, he waves his bush.”
“On the vigilance and skill of the "huer" much depends.”
“Comments like this make it very clear that she is not running for President in 2008, but simply seeking huer Obama's chances by stirring up racial divisions.”
“Mon papa m'a acheté un poster de Scott Rider histoire de me faire enrager parce que je faisais que de le huer!!”
“When the h, who the hu, how the hue, where the huer?”
“For no sooner was Billy let out of the stocks than off he went to Lawyer Mennear, who was a young man then just set up in practice, and as keen for a job as a huer for pilchards; and between them they patched up an action for false imprisonment -- damages claimed, one hundred pounds.”
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