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noun (1)

crab·​ber ˈkra-bər How to pronounce crabber (audio)
plural crabbers
: someone or something that crabs: such as
: 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
: 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


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noun (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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
For Bering Sea crabber Gretar Gudmundsson, December is a month for preparing his two boats for the winter harvest season. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Dec. 2022 Under his photo in a school yearbook, McFadden declared plans to grow up to be a crabber. Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, 12 July 2022 Lethin operates the Aleutian Ballad, a former crabber, as a tour boat in the Southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. Anchorage Daily News, 4 Apr. 2022 As a crabber who fishes late into the season, when hypoxia peaks, he’s already lost income and struggled to keep a crew when there’s no crab to sell. Julia Rosen, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1830, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crabber was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Crabber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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