Definitions

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

  • n. One who traps animals for their fur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who traps animals; one who makes a business of trapping animals for their furs.
  • n. A boy who opens and shuts a trapdoor in a gallery or level.
  • n. Ornamental covering for a horse. See trapping/caparison.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who traps animals; one who makes a business of trapping animals for their furs.
  • n. A boy who opens and shuts a trapdoor in a gallery or level.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes a business of trapping wild animals, usually such as yield fur, as the marten or sable, mink, otter, beaver, and muskrat.
  • n. A trap-fisher.
  • n. In mining, a boy or girl in a coal-mine who opens the air-doors of the galleries for the passage of the coal-wagons.
  • n. A horse for use in a trap.
  • n. The housing and defensive armor of a horse, especially of a horse caparisoned for a just or tournament: generally in the plural. Compare bard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who sets traps for animals (usually to obtain their furs)

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Examples

  • The trapper is depicted getting his foot caught in a trap, and more.

    An Enduring Marriage

  • Yankee trader rounded the Horn, or the first Rocky Mountain trapper thirsted across the "Great American Desert" and trickled down the snowy Sierras to the sun-kissed land.

    Four Horses and a Sailor

  • Even here, the white man's history preceded them, for dim tradition says that the Russians once anchored here and hunted sea-otter before the first Yankee trader rounded the Horn, or the first Rocky Mountain trapper thirsted across the "Great American Desert" and trickled down the snowy Sierras to the sun-kissed land.

    Four Horses and a Sailor

  • With here and there a Rocky Mountain trapper or a buckskin - clad scout of the Kit Carson type, in the main they are backwoods farmers.

    The Acorn-Planter

  • An American trapper from the short distance he has to travel is not obliged to transport provisions requires only 1/2 the number of horses and very moderate in his advances.

    Journal of Peter Skene Ogden; Snake Expedition, 1827-1828

  • There's plenty of warm headgear to choose from besides those hats with the goofy ear flaps, known as trapper or trooper hats.

    Fashionable Winter-Hat Options

  • Lykken recalls a trapper and bush pilot from northern Minnesota "who had adventures that made my jaw drop," he says.

    How We Become What We Are

  • The costume of the trapper is a hunting-shirt of dressed buckskin, ornamented with long fringes; pantaloons of the same material, and decorated with porcupine-quills and long fringes down the outside of the leg, a flexible felt hat and moccasins clothe his extremities.

    Wild Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • Cropping the scant herbage on the flat behind the trapper was a lank, long-limbed horse from which he had just dismounted, and which looked travel-stained and weary like his master.

    Starlight Ranch and Other Stories of Army Life on the Frontier

  • The trapper was a big, bullying Irish man named O'Fallen, who had purchased two prisoners from the Snake Indians, to be kept in a state of slavery, after the manner of the savages.

    The River of the West

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