noun Date: 1684 1. a person or ship engaged in whale fishing 2. whaleboat 2

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  • Whaler — Whal er, n. A vessel or person employed in the whale fishery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whaler — Whal er, n. One who whales, or beats; a big, strong fellow; hence, anything of great or unusual size. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whaler — ► NOUN 1) a whaling ship. 2) a seaman engaged in whaling …   English terms dictionary

  • whaler — ☆ whaler [hwāl′mən, wāl′mən] n. pl. whalemen [hwal′mən, wal′mənhwā′lər, wā′ər] n. 1. a ship used in whaling 2. a person whose work is whaling: also ☆ whaleman [hwāl′mən, wāl′mən] n. whalemen [hwal′mən, wal′mən] …   English World dictionary

  • whaler — /ˈweɪlə/ (say wayluh) noun 1. a person or vessel engaged in whaling. 2. Colloquial someone who fishes for Murray cod. 3. Colloquial (formerly) a swagman frequenting the Australian inland rivers, who sustained himself by begging, fishing, rabbit… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Whaler — For other uses see whalers. For|the Sophie B. Hawkins album|Whaler (album) A whaler is a specialized kind of ship, designed for whaling, the catching and/or processing of whales. The former included such vessels as the sail or steam driven… …   Wikipedia

  • whaler — [[t](h)we͟ɪlə(r)[/t]] whalers 1) N COUNT A whaler is a ship which is used in hunting whales. 2) N COUNT A whaler is someone who works on a ship which is used in hunting whales …   English dictionary

  • whaler — UK [ˈweɪlə(r)] / US [ˈweɪlər] / US [ˈhweɪlər] noun [countable] Word forms whaler : singular whaler plural whalers 1) a large boat used for hunting whales 2) someone whose job is to hunt whales …   English dictionary

  • whaler — noun /ˈweɪlə,ˈweɪlɚ/ a) One who hunts whales; a person employed in the whale fishery. For a whalers wife to have been round the Cape half a dozen times, or even more, was nothing extraordinary. b) A vessel for hunting whales. But o Thursday t… …   Wiktionary

  • whaler — noun 1》 a whaling ship.     ↘a seaman engaged in whaling. 2》 (usu. whaler shark) a large, slender bodied shark of inshore waters. [Carcharhinus brachyurus (Australasia) and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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