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wanter (plural wanters)
- One who wants, or who wants something
1857, Various, The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV.:
- Witless hizzie, e'en 's you like, The ne'er a doit I 'm carin'; But men maun be the first to speak, An' wanters maun be speerin'.
1898, Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr, Scottish sketches:
- But if Donald McFarlane wants money, he's got kin that can accommodate him, James; wanters arena always that fortunate.
1921, Various, The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story:
- You see, the trouble with Americans is that they are the greatest wanters of cake after they've eaten it the world has ever seen.
- Eye dialect spelling of want to.
1901, Henry Lawson, Joe Wilson and His Mates:
- I reckon it weighs about a ton by the weight of it if yer wanter know.
1925, Amy Lowell, Men, Women and Ghosts:
- Here, lift over them crates o' oranges I wanter fix 'em in the winder."
1936-1938, Works Projects Administration, Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2:
- My birthday over, I wanter go right home to Heaven.