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[shair-krop-er] /ˈʃɛərˌkrɒp ər/
a tenant farmer who pays as rent a share of the crop.
Origin of sharecropper
1910-15, Americanism; share1 + cropper Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sharecropper
  • Even so, he had had to work as a sharecropper to support his growing family.
  • He did not stop for lunch at the sharecropper's house.
  • Eligible producers may be a landowner, landlord or water lord, tenant or sharecropper.
  • He bought his first guitar at age seventeen with his sharecropper's wages and taught himself to play.
British Dictionary definitions for sharecropper


(mainly US) a farmer, esp a tenant farmer, who pays over a proportion of a crop or crops as rent
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Word Origin and History for sharecropper

also share-cropper, 1887, in a U.S. Southern context; from share + agent noun from crop (v.). Share-crop system attested from 1871. As a verb, share-crop is recorded by 1867. Sharecropping attested by 1936.

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