Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Agent noun of varnish; one who varnishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who varnishes; one whose occupation is to varnish.
  • n. One who disguises or palliates; one who gives a fair external appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who varnishes, or whose occupation is to varnish.
  • n. One who disguises or palliates; one who gives a fair external appearance (to); one who glosses over.

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

  • n. someone who applies a finishing coat of varnish

Etymologies

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to varnish + -er

Examples

  • It's no crime to work hard she's a varnisher; he's a captain now.

    Carnies

  • In the end, though, she had kept on hitching-subsequently thinking of the varnisher only in times of stress, frustration and self-doubt.

    Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

  • Of that part behind the curtain, which has not yet been destined to glow beneath the brush of the varnisher or vibrate to the hammer of the carpenter, little is thought by the public, and little need be said by the Committee.

    Collections and Recollections

  • Poor Little Dorrit, with a rather forlorn glance at that eminent varnisher, promised to try.

    Little Dorrit

  • 'That, I would say,' observed the fair varnisher, 'Makes the greatest difference.

    Little Dorrit

  • Mr Tinkler, unused to receive such short orders in connection with the fair varnisher, paused.

    Little Dorrit

  • Thou varnisher of fools, and cheat of all the wise!

    The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1

  • Pillars; and so about our business again, and particularly to Lilly's, the varnisher about my prints, whereof some of them are pasted upon the boards, and to my full content.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys, Apr/May 1668

  • Westminster myself with my wife by coach and meeting took up Mr. Lovett the varnisher with us, who is a pleasant speaking and humoured man, so my wife much taken with him, and a good deale of worke I believe I shall procure him.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete 1666 N.S.

  • Lovett's, a varnisher, to see his manner of new varnish, but found not him at home, but his wife, a very beautiful woman, who shewed me much variety of admirable work, and is in order to my having of some papers fitted with his lines for my use for tables and the like.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 35: May/June 1665

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