lum·​ber·​jack | \ ˈləm-bər-ˌjak How to pronounce lumberjack (audio) \
plural lumberjacks

Definition of lumberjack

: someone whose job is to cut down trees for wood : logger Levi jeans became regulation wear for cowboys, railroaders, lumberjacks, oil drillers and other labourers.— Jane Dorner … white pines live centuries—four or more—and attain massive size. The biggest grew in Pennsylvania, where lumberjacks felled at least one 200-foot specimen …— John Stilgoe

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Examples of lumberjack in a Sentence

the sawmill gets most of its business from the lumberjacks up north
Recent Examples on the Web In Bangor, Maine, mythical lumberjack Paul Bunyon still commands pride of place – but the top tourist attraction is a stately old Victorian guarded by a wrought-iron fence, adorned with bats. CBS News, 13 June 2021 Turner was a stocky veteran with red hair down to his shoulders and a lumberjack beard. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 And then there's that whole Paul Bunyan, lumberjack look. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, 13 June 2021 Tubman’s father, Ben Ross—a lumberjack who was freed from slavery five years after his enslaver’s death in 1836—owned the cabin. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 Disappointed by cancellation of the Strawberry Festival, Cedarburg businesses hope to organize separate event Daily attractions will also include lumberjack shows with log rolling, ax throwing and chainsaw demonstrations. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2021 On Thursday, Showtime released the first look at Michael C. Hall's serial killer-turned-lumberjack, Dexter Morgan, in the limited series revival of Dexter, which is set to return this fall. Derek Lawrence,, 29 Apr. 2021 There’s far more to see in Salem than the state Capitol topped with a golden lumberjack, and far more to do than visit the state fair. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2021 Putting down my pack, I was greeted by a bearded figure in a red flannel shirt who looked like a lumberjack from a Jack London story. Brian Smale, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of lumberjack

1831, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jun 2021

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“Lumberjack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lumberjack

: a person whose job is to cut down trees for wood


lum·​ber·​jack | \ ˈləm-bər-ˌjak How to pronounce lumberjack (audio) \

Kids Definition of lumberjack

: a person whose job is cutting down trees for wood

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