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sawyer

[saw-yer, soi-er] /ˈsɔ yər, ˈsɔɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person who saws wood, especially as an occupation.
2.
Also called sawyer beetle. any of several long-horned beetles, especially one of the genus Monochamus, the larvae of which bore in the wood of coniferous trees.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English sawier, equivalent to sawe saw1 + -ier -ier1
Related forms
undersawyer, noun
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  • sawyer did not comply and kept moving his hands toward his pockets.
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sawyer

/ˈsɔːjə/
noun
1.
a person who saws timber for a living
Word Origin
C14 sawier, from saw1 + -ier, variant of -er1
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Word Origin and History for sawyer
n.

mid-13c. "one whose occupation is sawing timber into planks, boards, etc." (as a surname from c.1200), alteration of sawer, agent noun from saw (v.), influenced by French-derived words in -ier (e.g. lawyer, bowyer, clothier).

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