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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Block’s fans and peers observed him scud around the reaper’s blade at 110 mph ... Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 7 Jan. 2023 Though the reaper has yet to knock for Östlund’s heroes, his films serve an indictment for sins unatoned. Andrew Marzoni, The New Republic, 6 Oct. 2022 The queen tours the Art Institute of Chicago — 25 minutes behind schedule — with William McCormick Blair, president of the Art Institute and a descendant of the McCormick family of reaper fame. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 8 Sep. 2022 After a period of what looked like unchecked expansion, with new late-night shows popping up like wildflowers (or sometimes weeds), the reaper seems to have arrived. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 19 Aug. 2022 Swap your Tabasco for a bottle of Arizona Salsa and Spice Company's award-winner Miss Reapper hot sauce, made with honey, aged jalapeños and a touch of Carolina reaper and ghost peppers for a heat-lovers flex. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2022 Their award-winner Miss Reapper is made of honey, aged jalapeños and a touch of Carolina reaper and ghost peppers. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2022 Some people picked up in season three that Isaac has the Sons of Anarchy tattoo, the reaper tattoo. Kristen Baldwin,, 15 June 2022 By the end of the second season, hackers, apparently Russian, have temporarily disabled a satellite called Blue Öyster Cult, which began descending in the atmosphere and feared the reaper. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 7 Feb. 2023.

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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