black·​bird·​er | \ ˈblak-ˌbər-dər How to pronounce blackbirder (audio) \

Definition of blackbirder

1 : a person who blackbirds
2 : 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, "The New York Manumission Society," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of blackbirder

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blackbirder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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