Definition of sawyer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːjə/


1A person who saws timber for a living.
Example sentences
  • Opponents believe it's all a spin to provide more even-aged timber for the sawyers.
  • He eventually secured a job as a sawyer with an Edinburgh timber merchant, which gave him the means to support a wife and three small children.
  • Not only were numerous loggers, sawyers, and other timber industry employees injured (with a few being killed), but tens of thousands were put out of jobs.
2US An uprooted tree floating in a river but held fast at one end.
With allusion to the trapped log's movement backwards and forwards
3A large longhorn beetle whose larvae bore tunnels in the wood of injured or recently felled trees, producing an audible chewing sound.
  • Genus Monochamus, family Cerambycidae.
Example sentences
  • The pine sawyers are wood borers and emerge throughout the summer months as adults carrying the nematode from infested or non-infested pine trees.
  • The pinewood nematode is transmitted from pine to pine by an insect vector, the pine sawyer.
3.1NZ A large wingless bush cricket whose larvae bore in wood.


Middle English (earlier as sawer): from the noun saw1 + -yer.

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