noun (1)
last·​er | \ ˈla-stər How to pronounce laster (audio) \
plural lasters

Definition of laster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something that lasts for a notably long time Climbing the bank, Payson studied the storm enveloping the western sky. It looked like a laster— Maurice Kildare The marriage has been a long laster by Hollywood standards.— David Collins


noun (2)
plural lasters

Definition of laster (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a worker who stretches shoe uppers around lasts : an operator of a lasting machine Marciano used to run lunch down to his father, Pierino, a laster at a nearby shoe factory …— William Nack
2 : a machine used for attaching shoe uppers to soles Between 1883 when the original shoe laster was patented and 1891, [Jan Ernst] Matzeliger would receive a total of five patents on his inventions. The laster was refined over the years to a point where it could adjust a shoe, arrange the leather over the sole, drive in the nails and deliver the finished product—all in one minute's time.Michigan Chronicle

First Known Use of laster

Noun (1)

1547, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Laster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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