dragger

noun

drag·​ger ˈdra-gər How to pronounce dragger (audio)
: one that drags
specifically : a fishing boat operating a trawl or dragnet

Examples of dragger in a Sentence

we quickly left the draggers behind and sprinted up the hill
Recent Examples on the Web Over the past week Germany, the perennial foot-dragger, has done what the U.S. has spent decades politely asking it to do: begin to disconnect its energy sector from the Russian grid and commit to spending seriously on its own defense. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 For better or worse, Hill is too much of a gentleman to call me a knuckle-dragger. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 But for now, even a blind knuckle-dragger can do a hearing. Kristin Wilson and Paul Leblanc, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 Take the Cowboys’ scoring drive just before the half, when Dalton found Gallup on a 19-yard toe-dragger down the left sideline … and then on a back-shoulder fade in the left corner of the end zone to take a 20-17 lead into halftime. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2020 So, if your foot-dragger is, say, a phone-hating introvert with pandemic anxiety, then the call to the pediatrician isn't the thing to delegate. The Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2020 Becket Adams writing for the Washington Examiner, Dec. 30: NBC News’ Chuck Todd offered a good reminder this weekend that many in the press view people of faith as regressive knuckle-draggers. WSJ, 30 Dec. 2019 No knuckle-draggers, no chowder; not even any annoying pop music blaring from Pylon speakers. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Oct. 2018 While the Europeans have undeniably richer interiors and pedigrees, Detroit's latest muscle cars aren't low-tech knuckle draggers. Brent Romans, Edmunds, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dragger was circa 1500

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“Dragger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragger. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dragger

noun
drag·​ger ˈdra-gər How to pronounce dragger (audio)
: one that drags
especially : a fishing boat using a trawl or dragnet
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