mouser

noun
mous·​er | \ ˈmau̇-sər How to pronounce mouser (audio) , US also and chiefly British -zər \

Definition of mouser

: a catcher of mice and rats especially : a cat proficient at mousing

Examples of mouser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Koudounaris learned of an army tomcat named the Colonel, for example, who was stationed at San Francisco’s Presidio in the 1890s and was said to be the best mouser the army ever had. Rachel Nuwer, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2020 The 12-year-old tabby is the government’s official chief mouser to the Cabinet Office. Washington Post, 24 July 2019 As mousers, cats earn their keep guarding the sacks of grain that are essential to distilleries and breweries. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2017 Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control Team established the program about four years ago to place unadoptable cats — the biters and the skittish, the swatters and the ones who won’t use a litter box — into jobs as mousers at barns or stables. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2017 Others go to people looking for mousers or barn cats outside. Zaz Hollander, Alaska Dispatch News, 12 Sep. 2017 The researchers even found evidence of these human-loving cats at the Viking port of Ralswiek on the Baltic Sea, says Geigl, and the Iranian port of Siraf, confirming that the faithful mousers commonly joined sailing crews. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, 19 June 2017 The only member of the household on Downing Street to be spared the indignity of one of the fastest political transitions in recent memory will be Larry the Cat, a tabby who holds the title of chief mouser to the cabinet office. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, 12 July 2016 The researchers even found evidence of these human-loving cats at the Viking port of Ralswiek on the Baltic Sea, says Geigl, and the Iranian port of Siraf, confirming that the faithful mousers commonly joined sailing crews. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, 20 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of mouser

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Mouser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mouser. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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mouser

noun
mous·​er | \ ˈmau̇-sər How to pronounce mouser (audio) \

Kids Definition of mouser

: a cat good at catching mice

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