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

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Recent Examples on the Web The overcrowded trawler then traveled to Myanmar and tried to enter twice but was denied entry by the Myanmar navy, according to Islam. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "Hundreds of Rohingya refugees rescued after two months at sea," 18 Apr. 2020 Hundreds more are reportedly stranded on two other trawlers; the United Nations has implored authorities to let the boats land. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 3-4," 6 May 2020 Your Instagram photo of the day Netting fish: A fishing trawler off the coast of Crimea catches kilka fish, which is salted and barreled onboard, says photographer Ed Kashi. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Are you one of our 132 million Instagram followers?," 6 Mar. 2020 Around 225 boats of all sizes fish for cod in the Gulf of Alaska, including trawlers, longliners, pot boats and jiggers, each an independent business supporting several families. Anchorage Daily News, "Small cod fishery will occur after all in Gulf of Alaska’s state waters," 24 Dec. 2019 One, a Vietnamese trawler, still slumps half submerged in a Natuna harbor. New York Times, "China Chases Indonesia’s Fishing Fleets, Staking Claim to Sea’s Riches," 31 Mar. 2020 Since August 2019, fishers across the spectrum, from the small-scale ones to owners of giant trawlers, echo a similar lament. Supriya Vohra, Quartz India, "“There is no fish in the ocean”: The future has arrived in this Indian fishing village," 18 Feb. 2020 Next, Eyre and his colleagues hired a shrimp trawler. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Fishing trawlers could harm water quality by disrupting seafloor microbes," 3 Mar. 2020 Without the obligations of membership in the bloc, Britain wants to curb the number of continental trawlers in its waters. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Fishing Presents a Vexing Snag in Brexit Talks," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of trawler

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 May 2020

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“Trawler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trawler

: a boat that is used for catching fish with a large net (called a trawl)


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Kids Definition of trawler

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

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