Compound of Kammer (“chamber”) + Jäger (“hunter”). The word originally meant “princely huntsman”, but was humorously reinterpreted as “exterminator” (someone who “hunts” in a private “chamber”). This reinterpretation began in German Low German and was later standardized with the humorous overtone being lost.
- exterminator; someone practicing pest control in buildings (male or of unspecified sex)
- (obsolete) personal huntsman of a prince
- Kammerjäger in Duden online