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See also: Tranter


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trant +‎ -er


tranter (plural tranters)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, dialect) One who trants; a peddler; a carrier.
    • 1879, William Barnes, Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect, Dobbin Dead
      An’ he met wi’ zome yew-twigs the men had a-cast
      Vrom the yew-tree, in churchyard, the road that he past.
      He wer pweison’d. (1.) O dear, ’tis a hard loss to bear,
      Vor a tranter’s whole bread is a-lost wi’ his meäre;
    • 1929 Florence Hardy "The Early Life of Thomas Hardy, 1841-1891"
      ...the persons tenanting these few houses included two retired military officers, one old navy lieutenant, a small farmer and tranter, a relieving officer and registrar, and an old militiaman []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for tranter in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)