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

  • n. One who paints, either as an artist or worker.
  • n. A rope attached to the bow of a boat, used for tying up, as when docking or towing.
  • n. Chiefly Upper Southern U.S. See mountain lion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An artist who paints pictures.
  • n. A laborer or workman who paints surfaces using a paintbrush or other means.
  • n. A rope connected to the bow of a boat, used to attach it to, e.g. a jetty or another boat.
  • n. A mountain lion, by mispronunciation of "panther".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rope at the bow of a boat, used to fasten it to anything.
  • n. The panther, or puma.
  • n. One who covers buildings, ships, ironwork, and the like, with paint.
  • n. An artist who represents objects or scenes in color on a flat surface, as canvas, plaster, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who paints.
  • n. A rope attached to the bow of a boat, and used to fasten it to a stake, a ship, or other object.
  • n. A panther: applied in the United States to the puma, cougar, or American lion, Felis concolor.

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

  • n. a worker who is employed to cover objects with paint
  • n. an artist who paints
  • n. a line that is attached to the bow of a boat and used for tying up (as when docking or towing)
  • n. large American feline resembling a lion


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

Middle English peintour, probably from Old French pentoir, strong rope, from pendre, to hang, from Vulgar Latin *pendere, from Latin pendēre; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
Alteration of panther.

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to paint + -er, influenced by Middle French paintre.


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