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noun (1)

plural bailers
: a device used to bail out a boat
The canoe was badly cracked, and she could not make it water-tight; but a calabash made from a coconut she stored on board for a bailer.Jack London


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noun (2)

bail·​er ˈbā-lər How to pronounce bailer (audio)

variant spelling of bailor

: a person who delivers personal property to another in trust

Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bailer was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Bailer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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