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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fish, such as the lake trout, that lives in a lake.
  • n. A ship used on lakes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A player; an actor.
  • n. A ship used on the Great Lakes.
  • n. A wharfman who resides near a lake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the poets of the Lake school. See Lake poets, under lake, n.
  • n. A fish living in, or taken from, a lake, esp. the namaycush.
  • n. A lake steamer or canal boat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the Lake School of poetry: generally used contemptuously. Also Lakist.
  • n. A fish of or taken from a lake; specifically, the lake-trout of North America, Salvelinus (Cristivomer) namaycush. See lake-trout, 2.
  • n. A player; an actor.
  • n. On the Erie Canal, a large canal-boat, one that could be towed on the Great Lakes with safety.
  • n. A log-driver whose work is chiefly on lakes.

Etymologies

From Middle English *lakere, *leikere, from laken, leiken ("to play, sport"), equivalent to lake (“play, sport”) +‎ -er. More at lake. (Wiktionary)
From lake (“body of water”) +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

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