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[fahr-mer] /ˈfɑr mər/
a person who farms; person who operates a farm or cultivates land.
an unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel.
a person who undertakes some service, as the care of children or the poor, at a fixed price.
a person who undertakes the collection of taxes, duties, etc., paying a fixed sum for the privilege of retaining them.
  1. a variety of twenty-one played with a 45-card pack, the object being to obtain cards having a total worth of 16.
  2. the dealer in this game.
Origin of farmer
1350-1400; Middle English fermer < Anglo-French; Old French fermier collector of revenue. See farm, -er2
Related forms
farmerlike, adjective
profarmer, adjective
underfarmer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for farmers
  • This type is not valued for recreational use and is viewed as a weed by farmers.
  • Delivery in the uk is by hauler or, for local farmers, by tractor and trailer.
  • Alliances with farmers became problematic because of different monetary interests.
  • These middlemen decided the prices and the offtake from the farmers by the season.
  • As milk is perishable, farmers were compelled to sell it for whatever they were offered.
  • Wants to make laws to forgive the debts of the large farmers.
  • Livestock farmers had suffered in the hands of wild animals and rustlers.
  • Limited or substandard acres of crops are detrimental to farmers and for residents.
  • These tenant farmers, eventually known as coloni, saw their condition steadily erode.
  • It is developing cultivars specifically for smallholder or subsistence farmers.
British Dictionary definitions for farmers


a person who operates or manages a farm
a person who obtains the right to collect and retain a tax, rent, etc, or operate a franchise for a specified period on payment of a fee
a person who looks after a child for a fixed sum


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Word Origin and History for farmers



late 14c., "one who collects taxes, etc.," from Anglo-French fermer, French fermier, from Medieval Latin firmarius, from firma (see farm (n.)). In the agricultural sense, 1590s, replacing native churl and husbandman.

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Slang definitions & phrases for farmers



A stupid person; ignorant rustic; clown (1902+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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