Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hearty eater.
  • n. Archaic One who frequents another's table; a hanger-on or parasite.

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  • n. A person who eats a substantial amount; a feeder, one with a healthy appetite.

Etymologies

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From trencher + man.

Examples

  • A hearty trencherman and a bit of a wag, uncle George is jovial in every dimension.

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  • The diplomatic architect of the new Italian state, Count Cavour, was a redoubtable trencherman who would later have several dishes named in his honor.

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  • Eddie "Bozo" Miller was once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "world's greatest trencherman."

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  • They stared on the next occasion of meeting, when Bloundell spoke in contemptuous terms of old Pen; said everybody knew old Pen, regular old trencherman at Gaunt

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  • During the holidays, we take on the characteristics of a trencherman!

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  • You had musty victual, and he hath holp to eat it: he is a very valiant trencherman; he hath an excellent stomach.

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  • ‘I am but a bad trencherman myself,’ said Trevelyan,

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  • Jack of the Smithies was a trencherman of the very first order, and being well wedded (with a promise already of young soldiers to come), it behooved him to fill all his holes away from home, and spare his own cupboard for the sake of Mistress Smithies.

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  • And I said: Hagias, it is true, hath reason to be troubled at this unusual disappointment, because having so great a belly (for he was an excellent trencherman) he had no larger mess than others; for in

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  • A crowd of “moleques” placed before him three black pots, one containing a savoury stew, the others beans and vegetables, which he transferred to a deep platter, and proved himself no mean trencherman.

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  • "Bread rolls were set at each place--new bread for the lord, one-day-old bread for the guests and three-day-old bread for the household--so that one's social position continued to be defined by the age and quantity of bread as much as for its colour. Slices of four-day-old bread trimmed into orderly squares by the pantler and known as trenchers, from the French 'trencher', to slice, were stacked along the tables for everyone's use; from these come our use of the word trencherman to denote a hearty eater."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 74

    January 8, 2017

  • “He is routinely cited as the foremost eater of the Gilded Age, a serial multicourse gorger (the word ‘trencherman’ always seems to come up) whose excesses were endearing rather than vulgar — or, at the very least, endearingly vulgar.�?

    The New York Times, Whether True or False, a Real Stretch, by David Kamp, December 30, 2008

    January 1, 2009