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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

  • noun nautical, North America A ship used on the Great Lakes.
  • noun A wharfman who resides near a lake.
  • noun A player; an actor.

Etymologies

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From lake (“body of water”) +‎ -er.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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