Definition of fisher in US English:



  • 1A person who catches fish for a living or for sport.

    ‘he was an enthusiastic fisher and hunter’
    ‘an experienced trout fisher will be on hand to guide and advise’
    • ‘He and his band have been hunters, fishers and farmers.’
    • ‘These offer information about shifting shoals, sandbars and such that can be critical for boaters and productive for fishers.’
    • ‘The third and fully revised edition should be on the bookshelf of all saltwater fly fishers.’
    • ‘Rivers containing migratory fish have additional laws attached and trout fishers must pay attention.’
    • ‘His traditional roots show as he weaves tales from life as it was for Canada's early settlers, hunters, fishers, explorers and adventurers.’
  • 2A large brown marten valued for its fur, found in North American woodland where it frequently preys on porcupines.

    Martes pennanti, family Mustelidae

    • ‘The bear, wolf, coyote, fisher, wolverine, otter, and lynx prey upon the beaver who is, nevertheless, a powerful antagonist when at bay.’
    • ‘This was the kind of place fishers like: a closed canopy, a supply of dead standing trees to make dens in, and plenty of trees of different heights and deadwood on the ground, where a hungry fisher might find prey.’
    • ‘Bobcats, wolverines, and fishers, that know how to flip the animal on its back and expose its unprotected underside, are the most adept at killing porcupines.’
    • ‘Like other mustelids, fishers have a high metabolic rate and are ravenous eaters.’
    • ‘His first love is orphaned river otters - also members of the weasel family - but fishers have come to take second place.’


Old English fiscere ‘fisherman’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch visser and German Fischer, also to fish.