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

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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, "A History of Felines, as Narrated and Illustrated by a Cat," 23 Nov. 2020 The 12-year-old tabby is the government’s official chief mouser to the Cabinet Office. Washington Post, "The “chief mouser” for the official residence isn’t a pet, he’s a government worker.," 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, "For Cat Lovers, a Book on the Guardians of the Liquor Cabinet," 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, "For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice," 18 Oct. 2017 Others go to people looking for mousers or barn cats outside. Zaz Hollander, Alaska Dispatch News, "Rising numbers of feral cats challenge Mat-Su shelters and rescuers," 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, "How Cats Conquered the World," 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, "5 Things to Know About Theresa May, Britain’s Next Prime Minister JULY 12, 2016," 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, "How Cats Conquered the World," 20 June 2017

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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 14 May. 2021.

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mouser

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mouser

: a cat that is good at catching mice

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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