sump·​ter ˈsəm(p)-tər How to pronounce sumpter (audio)
: a pack animal

Word History


Middle English, short for sompter hors, from sompter driver of a packhorse, from Anglo-French sumeter, from Vulgar Latin *sagmatarius, from Late Latin sagmat-, sagma packsaddle, from Greek; akin to Greek sattein to pack, stuff

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sumpter was in 1526

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Cite this Entry

“Sumpter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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