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[mou-zer] /ˈmaʊ zər/
an animal that catches mice:
Our cat is a good mouser.
a person or thing that seeks or prowls, as if for prey.
Origin of mouser
1350-1400; Middle English; see mouse, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for mouser
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  • Now "mouser" was Farmer Green's big, yellow-eyed, black cat!

  • Gentle as a lamb—soft as butter—kind as cream—and such a mouser!

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The dog, Frank, sniffing up timidly at mouser on the porch rail, displeased her.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • Are you sure it will be as good a mouser and as sweet-tempered and as pretty?

  • Pussys valuable qualities as a mouser are to the present day too well known to need much comment.

    The Cat Philip M. Rule
  • "Well, I can't say that we are," Mrs. mouser replied thoughtfully.

    Mouser Cats' Story Amy Prentice
  • The ducks, the geese, and the cats were her portion, while to his share fell the hens and one mouser.

    Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10) Burleigh James Bartlett
  • Yet he was pleased, too, for mouser's attempt was testimony to the bird's merit.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • mouser was intent on trying to open the door by clawing and pushing, and didn't notice the window at all.

  • He is the best mouser that can be; for he leaves not one of that Vermine alive, where he comes.

British Dictionary definitions for mouser


/ˈmaʊzə; ˈmaʊsə/
a cat or other animal that is used to catch mice: usually qualified: a good mouser
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mouser

"cat that hunts mice," c.1400, agent noun from mouse (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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