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
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.
“Drown en! — drown en!” the tranter cried, fiddling frantically.
Behind him, on the left, came the treble singers and Dick; and on the right the tranter and the tenors.
The tranter cleared his throat after this accidental parenthesis about Leaf, rectified his bodily position, and began his speech.
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.
“Devil take the hole, the cask, and Sam Lawson too, that good cider should be wasted like this!” exclaimed the tranter.
Saying this the tranter arose to fetch a new stock of cider, ale, mead, and home-made wines.
‘He could no more play the Wold Hundredth to his true time than he could play the brazen serpent,’ the tranter would say.
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.
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.