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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the sawmill gets most of its business from the lumberjacks up north
Recent Examples on the Web Because rockers now had to sound miserable and dress like lumberjacks to be legit. Matt Wake |, al, "20 grunge-era songs to know by ’80s rock/metal acts," 5 Mar. 2020 Celebrate the great outdoors Competitive lumberjacks from Timberworks Lumberjack Shows will be the star attraction at the 47th annual edition of OUTDOORAMA in Novi. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit’s Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend and beyond, including Tattoo Expo, Autorama, Sturgill Simpson," 26 Feb. 2020 Pacelli, whose thick beard and wardrobe of plaid shirts give him the look of a lumberjack, and his staff carve up a 700-plus-pound steer and three whole hogs a week. Washington Post, "This little butcher shop in rural West Virginia is turning out world-class burgers," 5 Nov. 2019 The giant lumberjack, which has stood in a hunched position in the Eco Experience Building for four years, leaning on his 100-pound ax, won’t be going far. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Sold! Paul Bunyan, the big voice on recycling at the State Fair, has been auctioned to a new owner," 30 Aug. 2019 The 2020 Sports Show features a full line-up of favorites, including boats, travel and outfitters booths, seminars by fishing and hunting experts, the fastest retriever contest, lumberjacks, the trout pond and climbing wall. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Archery will fly to new heights at the 80th Journal Sentinel Sports Show," 3 Mar. 2020 Already on the books is a leather-and-lace collab at the Tribeca Film Festival; ‘70s bell pants; lumberjack outerwear; and, a cerulean blue Gucci coat that quickly made its way onto our spring-transition wishlists. Eliza Huber,, "Chloë Sevigny’s Simone Rocha Maternity Look Is Extremely Covetable," 5 Mar. 2020 Per usual, there'll be lumberjacks and fastest-retriever competitions and a trout pond, along with scores of outdoor-sports-minded vendors packing the hall at 640 S. 84th St. in West Allis. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, including Rockabilly Chili, 'Set It Off' and more," 4 Mar. 2020 The waist-high overalls were soon being sported by miners, teamsters, lumberjacks, and farmers with thousands of San Franciscans wearing Levi’s (trademarked in 1966) by the end of 1873. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "New Levi’s Exhibit to Showcase Albert Einstein’s Iconic Leather Jacket," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lumberjack

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Lumberjack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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) \

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: a person whose job is cutting down trees for wood

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