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[gahrd-ner] /ˈgɑrd nər/
a person who is employed to cultivate or care for a garden, lawn, etc.
any person who gardens or is skillful in gardening.
Origin of gardener
1250-1300; Middle English < Old North French gardinier (Old French jardinier). See garden, -er2
Related forms
undergardener, noun Unabridged
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  • The gardener thought it was the children, and gave one of them an angry cuff as he walked away.

  • Then the gardener gave his message, to which the landlord replied, "It is all right."

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • You will ask if they want a gardener, and they will tell you ‘Yes.’

    Basque Legends Wentworth Webster
  • Presently the gardener's boy from Mrs. Menotti's came along.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • At the foot of the pines along the edge of each bank grew rows of berry bushes as regularly as if set out by a gardener.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
British Dictionary definitions for gardener


a person who works in or takes care of a garden as an occupation or pastime
any bowerbird of the genus Amblyornis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gardener

c.1300 (early 12c. as a surname), from Old North French *gardinier (12c., Modern French jardinier), from gardin (see garden). Cf. German Gärtner. An Old English word for it was wyrtweard, literally "plant-guard."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gardener



  1. An outfielder (1902+ Baseball)
  2. A person who plants narcotics on an airplane for smuggling (1970s+ Narcotics)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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