noun sump·ter \ˈsəm(p)-tər\

Definition of sumpter

  1. :  a pack animal

Origin and Etymology of sumpter

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: 15th century

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