prep·​per ˈpre-pər How to pronounce prepper (audio)
plural preppers
: a person who prepares something or prepares for something
a food/meal prepper
a hair prepper
specifically : a person who gathers materials and makes plans in preparation for surviving a major disaster or cataclysm (such as worldwide economic collapse or war)
doomsday preppers
I consider myself something of a prepper. I don't necessarily believe there is an apocalypse coming anytime soon. However, there are certain items I always keep on hand just in case. Jennifer Wyatt Emory

Examples of prepper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Essentially, becoming a doomsday prepper, but specifically for the day when Taylor Swift somehow takes over the United States government, is the final step of becoming completely unhinged. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2024 Amazon This would make a great gift for cyclists, campers, and preppers. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 19 Dec. 2023 In many ways, Elon Musk is the world’s biggest doomsday prepper. Tim Higgins, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2023 Overnight oats Overnight oats are growing in popularity for meal preppers due to their simplicity and health benefits. Brittany Kasko, Fox News, 30 Sep. 2023 Find it on Amazon This Rapid Egg Cooker Has Over 92,000 5-Star Reviews Cooking six eggs at once, the Rapid Egg Cooker is a meal prepper’s or busy mom’s essential. Hannah Rice, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2023 Apocalypse preppers, religious doomsday Redditors and writers have all, at some point, seized on the idea. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 28 June 2023 You’ve been reported in the past to be a doomsday prepper. Time, 21 June 2023 The meal prepper on your list will appreciate the head start this box filled with succulent proteins gives them. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 24 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prepper was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Prepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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