from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A feeder; a great eater; a gormandizer.
  • n. A cook.
  • n. A table companion; a trencher mate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An eater: with a qualifying word noting the degree of appetite: as, a poor trencherman.
  • n. A cook.
  • n. A table-companion; a trencher-mate.

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

  • n. a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess


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  • Mr. Wagg, the celebrated wit, and a led captain and trencher-man of my Lord Steyne, was caused by the ladies to charge her; and the worthy fellow, leering at his patronesses and giving them a wink, as much as to say, “Now look out for sport,” one evening began an assault upon Becky, who was unsuspiciously eating her dinner.

    Vanity Fair

  • To be the servant and companion of a fugitive, a soldier, and a murderer rolled in one -- to live by stratagems, disguises, and false names, in an atmosphere of midnight and mystery so thick that you could cut it with a knife -- was really, I believe, more dear to him than his meals, though he was a great trencher-man and something of a glutton besides.

    The Bibliotaph and Other People

  • He was a very valiant trencher-man; and yet he could not have been said to love eating for eating's sake.

    The Bibliotaph and Other People

  • For the first time in more years than he could remember he merely toyed with his food ... and he had always been a good trencher-man.

    Man of Many Minds

  • Bertram, in complaisance, ate a morsel or two; and Dinmont, whose appetite was unabated either by wonder, apprehension, or the meal of the morning, made his usual figure as a trencher-man.

    Chapter LIII

  • "Thou art indeed a valiant trencher-man," she said.

    The Puritan Twins

  • The Highlander hesitated after the first round of distribution, for there would be no means of revictualing that haversack until the next issuance of rations, and he was himself a "very valiant trencher-man."

    The Frontiersmen

  • Mr. Fetherbee's spirits, and ten minutes later the valiant little trencher-man was climbing with cheerful alacrity into the wagon, which had been, in the interim, subjected to a judicious application of ropes and wires.

    Peak and Prairie From a Colorado Sketch-book

  • I have tried his favorite restaurant here, the cuisine of which is famous far beyond the banks of the Seine; but I think if he, hearty trencher-man that he was, had lived in Paris, he would have gone to London for a dinner oftener than he came here.

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • I remember his proving himself, what would have been called in the olden times he delighted to portray, "a stout trencher-man."

    Reminiscences of Captain Gronow


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