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

  • n. One that is employed in sawing wood.
  • n. Any of several long-horned beetles of the genus Monochamus having larvae that bore large holes in living or dead wood.
  • n. See snag. See Regional Note at preacher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who saws timber, especially in a sawpit.
  • n. A large trunk of a tree brought down by the force of a river's current
  • n. A beetle that lives and feeds on trees, including timber.
  • n. The bowfin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose occupation is to saw timber into planks or boards, or to saw wood for fuel; a sawer.
  • n. A tree which has fallen into a stream so that its branches project above the surface, rising and falling with a rocking or swaying motion in the current.
  • n. The bowfin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose employment is the sawing of timber into planks or boards, or the sawing of wood for fuel.
  • n. A tree swept along by the current of a river with its branches above water, or, more commonly, a stranded tree, continually raised and depressed by the force of the current (whence the name).
  • n. See top-sawyer.
  • n. In entomology, any wood-boring larva, especially of a longicorn beetle, as Oncideres cingulatus, which cuts off twigs and small branches; a girdler. The orange sawyer is the larva of Elaphidion inerme. See cuts under hickory-girdler and Elaphidion.
  • n. The bowfin, a fish. See Amia, and cut under Amiidæ.
  • n. In New Zealand, a large wingless locustid, Deinacrida heteracantha or D. megacephala. Called by the natives weta-punga or weta.

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

  • n. one who is employed to saw wood
  • n. any of several beetles whose larvae bore holes in dead or dying trees especially conifers


Middle English sauere, sawier, from sawen, to saw, from sawe, saw; see saw1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, equivalent to saw +‎ -yer. (Wiktionary)



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