See also: Trimmer



From trim +‎ -er.




  1. comparative form of trim: more trim


trimmer (plural trimmers)

  1. One who trims, arranges, fits, or ornaments.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, “Life Loves Living,”[1]
      It put me to endless expense of having roof-men, gutter-men and tree-trimmers. At last I gave the grim order, “Cut her down.”
  2. A device used to trim.
    My new electric shaver has a beard trimmer attachment.
  3. (nautical) A member of the crew who trims the sails.
  4. Someone who fluctuates between opposing factions, political parties etc., according to current interest, a flip-flopper.
    • 1848, Baron Macaulay, History of England, I.2:
      Thus Halifax was a Trimmer on principle.
    • 1999, Bill Moyers, “Stanley Kunitz”, in Fooling With Words : A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft, New York, N.Y.: William Morrow and Company, Inc., →ISBN, page 6:
          What do you love most?
          Most of all, I love being alive. I love the natural world—and caring and creative people—and the seekers of justice and truth. Whom do I disdain? Bigots, reactionaries, self-righteous people, zealots, trimmers, bullies, and manipulators.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 9:
      Lady Margaret Beaufort's third husband, Lord Stanley, an accomplished political trimmer, gave fair words but little commitment: the vast, well-armed Stanley retinues shadowed Henry's route southeast to the battlefield and waited, detached, to see how the chips fell.
  5. (architecture) A beam into which are framed the ends of headers in floor framing, as when a hole is to be left for stairs, or to avoid bringing joists near chimneys.
  6. (mining, historical) A person employed to rearrange the coal in the hold of a vessel, so that it fills the vessel without forming a conical blockage.
  7. (mining, historical) A device for storing coal in gradually increasing piles made by building up at the point of the cone or top of the prism.
  8. (fishing) A float bearing a baited hook and line, used in fishing for pike.
  9. (dated) One who or that which trims, or rebukes or reproves; a scold.
    • 1853, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, My Novel, or Varieties in English Life
      Mr. Hazeldean wrote him such a trimmer that it could not but produce an unconciliatory reply.

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