One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who racks wine or other liquor.
2An apparatus for filling beer barrels.
A horse which moves with a racking gait.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. From rack + -er<br>late 17th century. From either rack or rack + -er.
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