saw·​yer | \ ˈsȯ-yər How to pronounce sawyer (audio) , ˈsȯi-ər \

Definition of sawyer

1 : one that saws
2 or sawyer beetle : any of several large long-horned beetles whose larvae bore large holes in timber or dead wood especially of various conifers
3 : a tree fast in the bed of a stream with its branches projecting to the surface and bobbing up and down with the current

Examples of sawyer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For those not in the know, a hazel hoe is used to trench and clear the area, while a sawyer is a person trained to down limbs and trees during wildfires. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Exhausted firefighters sing together after a 14-hour shift battling wildfires in Oregon," 16 Sep. 2020 ArchitectureWorks worked with the homeowners and a local sawyer to repurpose felled trees from a nearby country club and turn them into full-round posts. al, "This pavilion is the ideal spot for an Alabama lake day," 14 Apr. 2020 Specialists called sawyers, who chop down trees, wore more, hauling Kevlar chaps and chain saws. Tim Arango, New York Times, "With California Ablaze, Firefighters Strain to Keep Up," 28 Oct. 2019 Following the storms, the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, a nonprofit based on St. John that maintains trails in the park, needed skilled sawyers to clear roads and trails. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "How Travelers Can Help Hurricane-Damaged Islands," 3 Apr. 2018 So Ole, who is handy the way many farmers are, built a small cabin using 6-by-8-inch timbers hewed by Amish sawyers who live and work near Ontario. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Sparta's Grapevine Log Cabins, a bed and breakfast comes with a side of a working dairy farm," 23 Feb. 2018 The place was extraordinarily fit for building a community for sawyers, not farmers. Paul Dorpat, The Seattle Times, "Back to Ballard’s beginnings," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of sawyer

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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