Definition of reaper in English:



  • 1A person or machine that harvests a crop.

    • ‘Dance themes deal with relations between men and women as well as particular occupations such as the dances of reapers, cobblers, coopers, and smiths.’
    • ‘You are the reapers of the dream envisioned by your parents and grandparents.’
    • ‘Both of them were on the edge of the reaper's scythe that morning, and surely their luck could not take them too far.’
    • ‘A wise man should learn good behaviour, good words and good acts from every side, as a gleaner collects grains of corn from the field abandoned by the reapers.’
    • ‘Perhaps the reapers could help throw her pursuers further off her track.’
    • ‘He saw the priest hacked with reapers and grain tools.’
    • ‘The mechanical reaper and later improvements created a huge United States market for binding twine.’
    • ‘These machines were known as sail reapers and came out about 1850.’
    • ‘In an ideal world, shepherds have plenty of meat, and even reapers share in the royal ox-roast portrayed on Achilles' shield.’
    • ‘As part of our calling to family practice, we like to encourage our patients to be planters as well as reapers of the harvest that grows in each community.’
    • ‘However, it was not until the mid-19th century that agricultural machinery, for example the reaper and the traction-engine, began to be adopted by farmers.’
    • ‘During 1878 one local factory employed thirty-five people and produced hundreds of ploughs and numerous harrows, reapers and scarifiers for the farmers.’
    • ‘In 1831, he took up the project his father had pursued unsuccessfully for twenty years: building a reaper to speed the harvesting of small grains.’
    • ‘Immigration and use of farm machines was expanded - to horse-powered cultivators, mowers, and reapers - to resolve the dilemma.’
    • ‘Yet it is no exaggeration to say that the mechanical reaper had as significant an impact on American society as any other invention in the country's history.’
    • ‘And she sat down beside the reapers; and he reached her parched corn and she ate and was sufficed and left.’
    • ‘He began by repairing bicycles and agricultural machines and also manufacturing cutters and reapers.’
    • ‘Here the grass crops are more traditional and thinner, so these reapers work well.’
    • ‘The reapers gave out a group sigh of relief and loosened their grip slightly looking to John for instruction.’
    • ‘Earlier in the year they had grown barley, cut it with a reaper and binder and had it all in sheafs.’
    1. 1.1
      short for the grim Reaper at grim
      • ‘You probably racked up a decent score before your date with the Reaper.’
      • ‘He may be staring down 60 but he's determined to outdance the Reaper.’
      • ‘But you may be a little alarmed by the photographs because surely, you're thinking, the car in question is an instrument of Satan, the Reaper's scythe.’
      • ‘The Reaper's Law: Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.’
      • ‘Later on, of course, he had to pay the reaper, give up his high flying Rock ‘n’ Roll life style, put the demon alcohol behind him and take up golf, but that's another avenue we can descend down on another trip.’
      • ‘The Reaper has come knocking at least five times over the last 72 years, but every time the author has sent him packing.’
      • ‘Kouru stumbled backwards and thought about committing ritual suicide but then remembered that her sword was a wooden one, she instead resigned herself to just collapse and await the reaper.’
      • ‘It just didn't seem to me (perhaps after my Grosvenor Road experience) that the Reaper was in any hurry to make my acquaintance.’
      • ‘And he's known to leave his opponents to the reaper.’