trencherman

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trencher +‎ -man

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹɛnt͡ʃə(ɹ)mən/

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trencherman (plural trenchermen)

  1. A person who eats a substantial amount; a gourmand; one with a healthy appetite, and a cultivated appreciation for dining.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 1 Scene 1:
      BEATRICE. You had musty victual, and he hath holp to eat it; he is a very valiant trencher-man; he hath an excellent stomach.
    • 1954 June 28, "Sport: Bumbling Champ," Time:
      The heavyweight champion of the world was off his feed. . . . Rocky, ordinarily a first-rate trencherman, was pushing away from the breakfast table after downing only two eggs and a pair of lamb chops.

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