One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person living in a cottage.
- ‘The cottager turned out of his own bed to let the agent sleep in it, and went to sleep with his cow.’
- ‘Evidence shows that smallholders and cottagers were less likely to have kinsmen on the manor than large or middling tenants.’
- ‘Country people were more practical, but from the 17th century, cottagers as well as landed gentry took immense pride in their plants.’
- ‘The number of landless labourers and cottagers soared.’
- ‘Thus he effectively blocked off access to those without vehicles, fully pleasing the established cottagers there by preventing mass transit.’
- ‘During the hiking craze of the 1930s, hungry cottagers would throw stones at the knapsacked townies who came to gawp.’
- ‘Following an addition to his already numerous family, a poor cottager went out at night in search of a godfather for his newly born child.’
- ‘The display of flowers in all sections was good, and the vegetables in the cottagers ' class were excellent.’
- ‘These changes provoked the anger of William Cobbett, who wished to return to a golden age when England was still a land of prosperous yeomen farmers and contented cottagers.’
- ‘Half were cottagers, landless farm laborers, or vagrants, and one-seventh worked exclusively in textiles, mining, and other village industries.’
- ‘Those who lost out were the small tenants or cottagers who might receive some compensation for the loss of a strip in a consolidated field but nothing for the loss of customary rights on the common land.’
- ‘Where only the larger farmers possessed legal title to common pastures and open fields, but cottagers customarily used them for pasture and gleaning, opposition from the land-poor majority could block enclosure.’
- ‘As a result, large groups were excluded from politics, such as wage laborers, poor peasants, cottagers, land workers, and women.’
- 1.1North American A person holidaying in a cottage.
- ‘The area was also prime wilderness vacation country for fishers, canoeists, cottagers and others.’
- ‘During the summer, it also seems a bit like a base camp, full of cottagers and hikers ready to start up the Bruce Peninsula.’
- ‘The real villains of this piece are the weekend cottagers, who bring little to our communities except inflated house prices.’
- ‘I think that boaters, cottagers, and the local people could co-exist just fine with this project.’
- ‘But more and more people in this age are attracted by the Island's very isolation, and there has been a recent upsurge in the number of summer cottagers, a trend that is only likely to continue.’
- ‘The cottagers counter that they pay property taxes, too, and they're resentful that their political impact is mitigated by the fact that they're not allowed to vote in elections held in the communities where their cottages are.’
- ‘It also suggested his parity with the region's affluent summer cottagers, many of them from Boston, who were his patrons.’
2informal A man who performs homosexual acts in a public toilet.
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