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From Middle Dutch slager. Equivalent to slaan +‎ -er.


  • IPA(key): /ˈslaː.ɣər/
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  • Hyphenation: sla‧ger
  • Rhymes: -aːɣər


slager m (plural slagers, diminutive slagertje n)

  1. butcher (one who prepares and sells meat and meat products)
    Je wilt niet dat de slager zijn eigen vlees keurt.
    You don't want a butcher to assess his own meat. (i.e., judgment of one's own work is unreliable due to bias)
  2. (obsolete) killer, slayer, murderer

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In former times a slager would have also slaughtered animals, but in current language slachter is used for that occupation, except for meat vendors who also operate their own slaughterhouses.

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