cropper

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

cropper (plural croppers)

  1. (normally confined to the expression come a cropper) A fall, a tumble.
    • 1900, Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, (translated by James Strachey) page: 185:
      But to myself I thought: ‘Considering that for eight whole years I sat on the front bench as top of the class while he drifted about somewhere in the middle, he can hardly fail to nourish a wish, left over from his schooldays, that some day or other I may come a complete cropper.’

Etymology 2[edit]

In reference to a bird's crop.

Noun[edit]

cropper (plural croppers)

  1. A breed of domestic pigeon with large crop.

Etymology 3[edit]

an agricultural crop

Noun[edit]

cropper (plural croppers)

  1. A person who nurtures and gathers a crop.
  2. A variety of plant producing a good harvest.
    That potato I grew last year was a good cropper.
  3. A machine for cropping, as for shearing off bolts or rod iron, or for facing cloth.