Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who rents and cultivates a croft; a tenant farmer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who rents and tills a small farm or holding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who has the tenure of a croft, usually also the occupant and user.

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

  • noun an owner or tenant of a small farm in Great Britain

Etymologies

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croft +‎ -er

Examples

  • 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".

    Charles Kennedy Resigns

  • There was a house within sight, one of those hovels in which still the Highland shepherd or crofter is content to live.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • 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.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • 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.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • 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.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • 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.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • 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.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • My paternal grandfather was a Scottish Highland "crofter".

    gapingvoid: "cartoons drawn on the back of business cards"

  • 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.

    Nick Clegg - the lonely schoolboy who dreams of a perfect state

  • 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.

    THE RIVER KINGS’ ROAD

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