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From Middle English glenar, glenere, equivalent to glean +‎ -er.


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gleaner (plural gleaners)

  1. One who gleans.
  2. (slang) A person who focuses on self-improvement while in prison.
    • 1976, United States. National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, Research Involving Prisoners: Appendix to Report and Recommendations
      Gleaners read, pursue formal education, may learn a trade through vocational education programs or job training, []
    • 1987, John Irwin, The Felon (page 86)
      Release and renewal of life on the outside are the dominant concerns of time-doers and gleaners. Even jailers, although they tend to make prison life their central concern, are cognizant that they will return to the outside community.

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