tren·​cher·​man ˈtren-chər-mən How to pronounce trencherman (audio)
: a hearty eater
archaic : hanger-on, sponger

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One way or another, the ensemble is a trencherman’s feast. Rand Richards Cooper, Hartford Courant, 27 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of trencherman was in 1590

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“Trencherman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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tren·​cher·​man ˈtren-chər-mən How to pronounce trencherman (audio)
: a hearty eater

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