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[traw-ler] /ˈtrɔ lər/
a person who trawls.
any of various types of vessels used in fishing with a trawl net.
1590-1600; trawl + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trawler
  • Instead, a rusty trawler lies on its side on the forecourt, which the workmen eye as though a mongrel dog.
  • When a trawler damages the sea bed, it is the whole fleet that pays the price in lost fish.
  • We taxied up to an old commercial fishing trawler now used as a floating base for bear-sighting and sport-fishing expeditions.
  • The crew was permitted to take to the small boats, and was rescued by a trawler.
  • Large trawler yachts, fishing boats and large sailboats are displacement hull boats.
  • Mechanical problems in the trawler's engine caused its crew to lose control of the vessel.
British Dictionary definitions for trawler


a vessel used for trawling
a person who trawls
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Word Origin and History for trawler

1590s, agent noun from trawl.

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Slang definitions & phrases for trawler



Despicable; inferior; low-rent, low ride (1620+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for trawler

fishing vessel that uses a trawl, a conical net that snares fish by being dragged through the water or along the bottom. Trawlers vary according to the method of towing the net. On side trawlers, the trawl is set and hauled over the side with power winches or manually by a large crew. Outrigger trawlers (a type that includes shrimp boats) drag one or two nets from long booms extending from each side. Stern trawlers are powerful vessels that are often built with ramps for hauling heavy catches up the stern onto the working deck. Powered by engines of up to 5,000 horsepower, modern trawlers drag huge nets that must be hauled by rope winches and large net drums or reels. Large trawlers can be floating factories, cleaning and freezing the fish for processing ashore.

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