Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several Arctic and Boreal sea birds of the genus Stercorarius that harass smaller birds and snatch the food they drop. Also called skua.
  • n. A huntsman or hunting attendant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of three seabirds in the skua genus Stercorarius
  • n. A hunter's guide
  • n. A rifle
  • n. A sharpshooter, a rifleman, light infantry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See jager.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See jäger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rapacious seabird that pursues weaker birds to make them drop their prey

Etymologies

German Jäger, hunter, jaeger, from Middle High German jeger, from Old High German jagāri, from jagōn, to hunt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Jäger ("hunter") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At the same time, the stock evolved from the clubby jaeger silhouette to a distinctive slender shape.

    Rifle That Made America

  • In the 17th century, gunsmiths from Central Europe emigrated to the colony of Pennsylvania, and in their shops the jaeger began to evolve into a much smaller-calibered rifle.

    Rifle That Made America

  • Its direct ancestor was the European jaeger (hunter) rifle, probably the first firearm that could be aimed at a distant target and hit it.

    Rifle That Made America

  • The jaeger was the creation of Central European gunsmiths: a flintlock with a heavy, octagonal, rifled barrel of .60 to .75 caliber; a set (double) trigger; and a walnut stock equipped with a distinctive "trap" in the side that was covered by a sliding plate.

    Rifle That Made America

  • Representative species include snow, Brant and Canada goose; yellow-billed, Arctic, and red-throated loons; whistling swans; oldsquaw ducks; gyrfalcons; willow and rock ptarmigan; red-necked phalarope; parasitic jaeger; snowy owls; hoary redpoll and snow bunting.

    Tundra ecoregion (CEC)

  • I'm wondering if he could be painted as a jaeger since Elite doesn't have a standing jaeger figure yet.

    Early Elite Miniatures - I Want These Figures

  • April 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm hao u maek it? ai haz jaeger!

    Superior kitteh - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Dinah running along side, the little teckel that I hope to get this spring tucked in a saddlebag or in my coat – jaeger, jaeger, über alles.

    Got a Match?

  • A fat lemming that sets out across the broad snowbank down the slope is struck almost at once by a jaeger that alights to harry the stunned rodent before letting it bumble back across the snow toward its low cover.

    Inside the Endangered Arctic Refuge

  • Settlers from Germany and Switzerland brought the jaeger with them to Pennsylvania early in the 1700s.

    ONE SHOT-ONE KILL

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  • True...but it's easy to like them still when they're not bullying you directly. :-)

    April 17, 2007

  • nasty, bullying skuas!

    April 17, 2007

  • ...or any of several seabirds of the family Stercorariidae that pursue weaker birds to make them drop their prey

    April 17, 2007

  • In the eighteenth century, a German (German-speaking) rifleman or sharpshooter.

    February 6, 2007