muleteer

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From French muletier, from mulet (mule), with the spelling influenced by English mule + -eer.

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muleteer (plural muleteers)

  1. A mule driver.
    • 1794, Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho, G. G. and J. Robinson:
      This was a tender point with the muleteer; his honour was wounded when his mules were treated with disrespect, and he would have received a blow, perhaps, with more meekness.
    • 1869, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter VI, in The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims’ Progress; [], Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company. [], OCLC 35710691, page 58:
      There was a muleteer to every donkey and a dozen volunteers beside, and they banged the donkeys with their goad-sticks, and pricked them with their spikes, and shouted something that sounded like "Sekki-yah!" and kept up a din and a racket that was worse than Bedlam itself.
    • 1982, Don DeLillo, The Names, Alfred A. Knopf, →ISBN, page 339:
      A guy is sitting on the lead mule. He's the muleteer, ....

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