fish·​er | \ˈfi-shər \

Definition of fisher 

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1 : one that fishes

2a : a dark brown North American carnivorous mammal (Martes pennanti) of the weasel family

b : the fur or pelt of this animal


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Fish·​er | \ˈfi-shər \

Definition of Fisher (Entry 2 of 5)

Dorothy 1879–1958 Dorothea Frances née Canfield \ˈkan-​ˌfēld \ American novelist


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Definition of Fisher (Entry 3 of 5)

Irving 1867–1947 American economist


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Definition of Fisher (Entry 4 of 5)

John Arbuthnot 1841–1920 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone \ˈkil-​vər-​stən \ British admiral


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Definition of Fisher (Entry 5 of 5)

Mary Frances Kennedy 1908–1992 American writer

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Synonyms for fisher

Synonyms: Noun


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Examples of fisher in a Sentence


few fishers of lake trout are more ardent or adept than my father

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There was a point in time when we were called just bottom fishers. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores: Firing SVG one of his 'tougher' calls," 18 June 2018 The fishers donate the paddlefish roe to the Yellowstone Caviar Program, run by the Glendive Chamber of Commerce. New York Times, "Hooking the Dinosaur of Fish," 26 May 2018 Arnesen asked Bradberry if money has been set aside to mitigate for the diversion's potential impacts on fishers. Sara Sneath,, "State to lose $400,000 a month if Plaquemines Parish delays restoration project, official says," 22 May 2018 Along with horses carrying boxed bear and wolf cubs, foxes and fishers, Adams and his men drove a herd of six bears, four deer, four wolves, four antelope, two elk and a small dog the Indian chief had given Adams. Gary Kamiya,, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 7 July 2018 Most often those behaviors are positive, encouraging, amusing and even endearing, confirming that sharing a common connection to waterways and the life in that water means sharing common behaviors that reflect respect for both fish and fishers. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 Without large government subsidies, some of the world’s most aggressive fishers come up short on cash. Chris Johns, National Geographic, "High Seas Fishing Isn’t Just Destructive—It’s Unprofitable," 6 June 2018 Since 2012, 17 Pacific fishers have been killed by pesticides at grow sites, said Mourad Gabriel, the director of the Integral Ecology Research Center, a wildlife and environmental research nonprofit. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Illegal pot grows spread deadly pesticides, other hazards, despite change in law," 29 May 2018 But more needs to be done to understand how the planned diversions will impact commercial fishing in the first five years of the projects, according to Louisiana fishers. Sara Sneath,, "Louisiana fishers want to know the short-term impacts of Mississippi River diversions," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fisher


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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