from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inhabitant of a garret; hence, an impecunious author.


  • I fancy that he supposed me ignorant of the matter, or thought that if I had heard of it, I should never connect the respectable Dr. Black of Harlesden with a poor garreteer in the backwoods of London.

    Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes Mystic-Humorous Stories

  • The writer was certainly not, as he pretends, one of Dundee's officers, but a stupid and ignorant Grub Street garreteer.

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 3

  • On approaching the palace from the Pont Royal, you take in at a glance all the various strata of inhabitants; the garreteer in the roof; the retainer in the entre-sol; the courtiers at the casements of the royal apartments; while on the ground-floor a steam of savory odors and a score or two of cooks, in white caps, bobbing their heads about the windows, betray that scientific and all-important laboratory, the Royal Kitchen.

    The Crayon Papers


The word 'garreteer' comes from 'garret' plus the suffix‎ '-eer'.