reap·​er ˈrē-pər How to pronounce reaper (audio)
: one that reaps
especially : any of various machines for reaping grain

Examples of reaper in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reaper was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Reaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


reap·​er ˈrē-pər How to pronounce reaper (audio)
: a worker who reaps crops
: a machine for reaping grain
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