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trekker, noun

Forms:
Formerly also trecker.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African EnglishShow more Afrikaans, or formed in South African English: trek verb + noun-forming suffix -er.
Note:
A further sense of ‘trekker’, not used in South African English. but found in U.S. and British English, is ‘a hiker; one participating in a recreational walk or pony-ride’.
1. a. In historical contexts. Also with initial capital. Voortrekker noun sense 1. Also attributive. b. transferred sense. One who is part of a migration of a people or large group; see also Dorsland trekker (Dorsland).
1846 Natal Witness 26 June 2What is the distance..at which these ‘trekkers’ have chosen to place themselves?
1991 P. Hawthorne in Time 20 May 8Says Boshoff, the new trekkers ‘will make the desert bloom’.
2. trek fisherman, see trek noun sense 12 c.
1985 A. Tredgold Bay between Mountains 204At night..the trekkers cannot see what fish are about and how many small ones they are netting.
1988 Weekend Argus 19 Mar. 14 (letter)Selfish trekkers...No sooner do the weather and surf conditions become right for the fish to move inshore, than along come the trek nets which indiscriminately take everything out before you can take the rod from your attic.
Voortrekkernoun1. Also attributive.
One who is part of a migration of a people or large group;
trek fisherman, see treknoun12 c.

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