reap·​er | \ ˈrē-pər How to pronounce reaper (audio) \

Definition of reaper

: one that reaps especially : any of various machines for reaping grain

Examples of reaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coronavirus epidemic is an undiscriminating reaper. New York Times, "Tell us about someone you've lost to the coronavirus," 1 Apr. 2020 Farmers who had bought specialized beet reapers watched crops rot. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "The EU Spent a Bundle to Unify the Continent. It’s Not Working.," 8 Aug. 2018 The transfer of funds would have an impact on the purchase of new aircraft, vehicles and weapons — including Navy V-22 Osprey aircraft and parts for an Air Force reaper drone and F-35 planes, the notice says. NBC News, "Pentagon plans to shift $3.8 billion in military funding to build border wall," 13 Feb. 2020 Meet Thanatotheristes degrootorum, the ‘reaper of death’! Li Cohen, CBS News, "The T. Rex may be the King of Lizards, but its new cousin is the "Reaper of Death"," 10 Feb. 2020 The reapers worked with Mojo Outdoors to create this decoy, the Scoot and Shoot, the first commercially successful reaping decoy. Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 The band appears to fear neither the reaper nor the passing of time. Houston Chronicle, "The Must List: Martha Graham Dance Company, Maxo Kream," 17 Oct. 2019 For all the triumph of America’s new planes and tanks during World War II, a silent reaper stalked the battlefield: accidental deaths and mysterious crashes that no amount of training ever seemed to fix. Wired, "How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh," 13 Nov. 2019 The iconic Budweiser Clydesdale were in Salt Lake City this week to mark the occasion with a mock funeral, compete with life-sized coffin and costumed grim-reaper pallbearers walking the streets to cheers. Lindsay Whitehurst, Twin Cities, "Utah says goodbye to low-alcohol beer sales; Minnesota now last state with 3.2% beer," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of reaper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Reaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reaper

: a person or machine that cuts and collects crops


reap·​er | \ ˈrē-pər How to pronounce reaper (audio) \

Kids Definition of reaper

: a worker or machine that harvests crops

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