shrimper

shrimper

[shrim-per]
noun
1.
a shrimp fisherman.
2.
a boat used for shrimping.
3.
Informal. a shrimp.

Origin:
1850–55; shrimp + -er1

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shrimp (ʃrɪmp)
 
n
1.  any of various chiefly marine decapod crustaceans of the genus Crangon and related genera, having a slender flattened body with a long tail and a single pair of pincers
2.  any of various similar but unrelated crustaceans, such as the opossum shrimp and mantis shrimp
3.  Also called: freshwater shrimp any of various freshwater shrimplike amphipod crustaceans of the genus Gammarus, esp G. pulex
4.  See also opossum shrimp Also called: sand shrimp any of various shrimplike amphipod crustaceans of the genus Gammarus, esp G. locusta
5.  informal a diminutive person, esp a child
 
vb
6.  (intr) to fish for shrimps
 
[C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German schrempen to shrink; see scrimp, crimp]
 
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