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From Middle English fruiter +‎ -er. It is unclear why the second suffix was added to fruit.


fruiterer (plural fruiterers)

  1. One who sells fruit.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act III, Scene 2, [1]
      [] the very same day did I fight with one Sampson Stockfish, a fruiterer, behind Gray's Inn.
    • 1873, Thomas Hardy, chapter 28, in A Pair of Blue Eyes[2]:
      And Knight laughed, and drew her close and kissed her the second time, which operations he performed with the carefulness of a fruiterer touching a bunch of grapes so as not to disturb their bloom.
    • 1962, Es'kia Mphahlele, New York: Frederick A. Praeger, The African Image, Chapter 5, p. 70, [3]
      A good few Indian fruiterers who were right in the centre of Johannesburg never made the 'mistake' of serving a black man, or even another Indian, before a white customer, no matter who had come first.
    Synonyms: fruitmonger, fruitseller, coster, costermonger

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