trencher

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English < Anglo-Norman trenchour < Old Northern French trencheor (French tranchoir), from trenchier (to cut, to carve). See trench (verb).

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Noun[edit]

trencher (plural trenchers)

  1. (archaic) A long plate on which food is served and\or cut.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2
      No more dams I'll make for fish;
      Nor fetch in firing
      At requiring,
      Nor scrape trenchering, nor wash dish;
      'Ban 'Ban, Ca—Caliban,
      Has a new master—Get a new man.
  2. One who trenches; especially, one who cuts or digs ditches.
  3. A machine for digging trenches.

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Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

trencher

  1. to cut (make an incision)

Conjugation[edit]

  • Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.