black·​bird·​er ˈblak-ˌbər-dər How to pronounce blackbirder (audio)
: a person who blackbirds
: a ship used in blackbirding

Examples of blackbirder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Slave catchers, known as man-stealers or blackbirders, hunted for runaways and scooped up free blacks if authentic runaways were not to be found. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 24 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blackbirder was in 1876

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“Blackbirder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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