trencher

noun (1)
tren·​cher | \ ˈtren-chər How to pronounce trencher (audio) \

Definition of trencher

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a wooden platter for serving food

trencher

adjective

Definition of trencher (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of or relating to a trencher or to meals
2 archaic : having the nature of a parasite : sycophantic

trencher

noun (2)
trench·​er | \ ˈtren-chər How to pronounce trencher (audio) \

Definition of trencher (Entry 3 of 3)

: one that digs trenches specifically : a usually self-propelled excavating machine typically employing a bucket conveyor and used to dig trenches especially for pipelines and cables

First Known Use of trencher

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trencher

Noun (1)

Middle English trenchour knife, serving platter, from Anglo-French, from trencher to cut

Noun (2)

trench entry 2

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“Trencher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trencher. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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