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strap +‎ -er



strapper (plural strappers)

  1. A large, strong, robust person (usually a man)
  2. One who straps horses.
    • 1835, The Veterinarian: A Monthly Journal of Veterinary Science:
      I was, however, but a very brief period employed as a strapper, as from the care and pains which I took in cleaning and watering the horses they soon mended in their jaded, worn-out appearance, for they were regularly fed, because I was regularly sober, a state, I have been informed, in which my predecessor was never in after mid-day.
    • 1855, John Stewart, The Stable Book:
      On large establishments a head-man superintends the strappers, and the general management of the horses.
    • 2011, Jan Wositzky, Me & Phar Lap: The Remarkable Life of Tommy Woodcock:
      A boy was called a strapper because when you cleaned and dressed a horse properly, you had a nice flat towel, and you used to hit them on all the muscles.
  3. (archaic) A cow which yields a small amount of milk.
    • 1905, Lippincott's Monthly Magazine: A Popular Journal of General Literature:
      “Nabla, Nabla,” says he, “them was the true words of Father Luke's when he said them would lend him a strapper would be repaid twofold. Here comes our own strapper back to us in company with a brave lump of a bullockeen. Faith,” says he, “Father Luke, you're the man for my money, and if ever ye want a strapper again, just tip me the word, and I'll go bail ye'll not want one long; and if ye want two, why, I'll steal one for ye.”

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