from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Specifically, a seller of fish; a name applied to a boatman who visits vessels in harbor for the purpose of supplying them with fish.
  • noun An itinerant peddler; a carrier. Formerly also called ripper.

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

  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. One who trants; a peddler; a carrier.

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

  • noun obsolete, UK, dialect One who trants; a peddler; a carrier.


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  • “Say, ‘Thank you, sir,’” the tranter whispered imperatively towards Leaf.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • “Drown en! — drown en!” the tranter cried, fiddling frantically.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Behind him, on the left, came the treble singers and Dick; and on the right the tranter and the tenors.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • The tranter cleared his throat after this accidental parenthesis about Leaf, rectified his bodily position, and began his speech.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Leaf looked with gratitude at the tranter for these praises, and then anxiously at Geoffrey, to see what effect they would have in helping his cause.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • “Devil take the hole, the cask, and Sam Lawson too, that good cider should be wasted like this!” exclaimed the tranter.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Saying this the tranter arose to fetch a new stock of cider, ale, mead, and home-made wines.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • ‘He could no more play the Wold Hundredth to his true time than he could play the brazen serpent,’ the tranter would say.

    The Fiddler of the Reels

  • The tranter took for his partner Mrs. Penny, and Mrs. Dewy was chosen by Mr. Penny, who made so much of his limited height by a judicious carriage of the head, straightening of the back, and important flashes of his spectacle-glasses, that he seemed almost as tall as the tranter.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • And the tranter gave vent to a grim admiration, with the mien of a man who was too magnanimous not to appreciate artistically a slight rap on the knuckles, even if they were his own.

    Under the Greenwood Tree


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  • In dark streets the living have flown

    A ghostly voice pleads all alone.

    The cry of that tranter,

    Ethereal chanter,

    Is that of sweet Molly Malone.

    August 4, 2017