Definitions

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  • n. A grocer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grocer; -- formerly so called because he sold pepper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who deals in pepper; hence, a grocer.
  • n. A person of a hot, peppery temper.

Etymologies

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pepper +‎ -er, pepper being one of the items sold.

Examples

  • Yes, that's what they sing about the "pepperer" -- thus they make game of the poor bachelor and his nightcap, and turn it into ridicule, just because they know very little about either.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales

  • ‘I’m sure I would, if I was obstinate; but I am a pepperer, which is different.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • Miss Potterson, rubbing her vexed nose; 'I'm sure I would, if I was obstinate; but I am a pepperer, which is different.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • Steenies, the fawning solicitor of Spanish marriages, the "pepperer" and hangman of Puritans, the butt and dupe of Gondemar and Spinola.

    Life and Death of John of Barneveld, Advocate of Holland : with a view of the primary causes and movements of the Thirty Years' War, 1614-17

  • It is difficult, in the man conversing thus amicably and sensibly with the Dutch ambassador, to realise the shrill pedant shrieking against Vorstius, the crapulous comrade of Carrs and Steenies, the fawning solicitor of Spanish marriages, the "pepperer" and hangman of

    PG Edition of Netherlands series — Complete

  • I never was within 30 yards of the pepperer, but I've had the shot, you know, come down.

    CNN Transcript Feb 14, 2006

  • With an alacrity that seemed no less referable to the pepperer fact than to the supper fact, Bob obeyed, and his boots were heard descending towards the bed of the river.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • The Secretary, I suppose, was helping him about it to-day; I believe it will be a pepperer.

    The Journal to Stella

  • It is to be noted also that Chaucer on account of the business connections of his family -- his father was a vintner and another relative evidently a pepperer -- would be more likely to sympathize with the party of Brembre than with that of Northampton.

    Chaucer's Official Life

  • A number of occupative names have lost the last syllable by dissimilation, e.g. Pepper for pepperer, Armour for armourer.

    The Romance of Names

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