Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who curtails; one who cuts off or shortens anything.

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

  • noun One who curtails.

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

  • noun One who curtails.

Etymologies

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curtail +‎ -er

Examples

  • Revillagigedo Island, which Vancouver named for the viceroy of Mexico who was kind to him, when the official curtailer of names finds time to attend to _it_.

    The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley) A Narrative of the First Complete Ascent of the Highest Peak in North America

  • "Straitness of means is a great curtailer of pleasure," said Miss Munns, gazing solemnly into space over the edge of her spectacles.

    More about Pixie

  • It will be better all around to examine into the matter without heat or haste, and see just where we stand before either of us makes a mistake -- for the curtailing of the liberties of a citizen of the United States is a much more serious matter than you and the railroads seem to think, and it cannot be done in my person until the curtailer proves his right to do so.

    The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories

  • His brother-secretary, Mr. Shaw, is a mere matter-of-fact man, who is particularly unsuited to him -- an objector to every thing new, a curtailer and contemner of all eloquence: poor Temple is uneasy and discontented; he would give up his situation to-morrow but that he cannot quit Lord

    Tales and Novels — Volume 07

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