crabber

noun (1)
crab·​ber | \ ˈkra-bər How to pronounce crabber (audio) \
plural crabbers

Definition of crabber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something that crabs: such as
a : someone who fishes for crabs The crabber sorts the harvest in his cramped boat.— Tom Horton Restrictions on crabbing are at best a holding action, the watermen say. "They can't regulate the crabs, so they regulate the crabber,"…— Peter McGrath
b : a boat engaged in crab fishing Barcott said the vessel was used as a crabber and also as a tender for other summer fisheries.— Hal Bernton

crabber

noun (2)

Definition of crabber (Entry 2 of 2)

: a crabby or grouchy person : crab entry 3 The greatest crabber in history, … he spent his last decades living with his sister and being crabby.NPR

First Known Use of crabber

Noun (1)

1830, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Crabber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crabber. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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