trawl·​er | \ ˈtrȯ-lər How to pronounce trawler (audio) \

Definition of trawler

1 : a boat used in trawling
2 : a person who fishes by trawling

Examples of trawler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barry Dorman, a weathered, veteran bouncer, sold Hurtado the Salty Lady — a 40-foot classic trawler, painted matte black — for about $1,000. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 The spill of blue whiting, a species used to produce fish fingers and other products and which is subject to quotas, was said to have been caused by a break early Thursday in one of the the trawler’s nets. Alexandra Muller,, 5 Feb. 2022 The mother and daughters landed so many tuna that seagulls followed them back to port, mistaking Solimar for a fishing trawler. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2022 In addition to mastering ASL, Jones also learned to believably navigate a fishing trawler by operating the boat and understanding the process of open-water fish collection, while cementing her singing abilities. Nick Clement, Variety, 3 Jan. 2022 There have been four major flashpoints between Britain and France over the past year, the most recent being post-Brexit fishing rights, following the seizure of a British trawler by French authorities in late October. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2021 Under Bravo’s toxic shroud were the people of Rongelap and the 23 crewmen of a Japanese fishing trawler, the Lucky Dragon. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 A month later, a trawler overloaded with 32 migrants crashed into a reef near Point Loma, causing three migrants to drown. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2021 The seizure of the British trawler Cornelis Gert Jan on Wednesday may have been meant as a warning shot. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of trawler

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Trawler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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trawl·​er | \ ˈtrȯ-lər How to pronounce trawler (audio) \

Kids Definition of trawler

: a boat used for fishing with a large net dragged along the sea bottom

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