Main definitions of musher in US English:

: musher1musher2

musher1

noun

  • The driver of a dogsled.

    • ‘Top mushers are always spying on each other, looking for ploys to shave time - like how the other guy gets 64 booties on and off his dogs at a rest stop.’
    • ‘They must be able to make good decisions in guiding the team, and with a maximum of two to three hours of sleep each day, many mushers suffer from severe sleep deprivation, often resulting in failed concentration and hallucinations.’
    • ‘Most mushers start with the maximum-allowed team of 16 dogs but settle down to 12 to 14 for the main haul beyond Rainy Pass.’
    • ‘The dog team and its musher would go flying past.’
    • ‘People unfamiliar with sled-dog racing think the Iditarod is won by the best musher.’
    • ‘To complete the course, she'll depend on a musher riding ahead and radioing back warnings of low branches, obstinate moose, and open water.’
    • ‘It was very exciting to watch as 10 teams took off with mushers from Wisconsin, Alaska, Yukon and Saskatchewan.’
    • ‘After an hour or so, the musher stopped to wait for the skiers to catch up.’
    • ‘This is a form of transportation that requires no motor but relies heavily on trust between a team of dogs and their musher.’
    • ‘Just 10 minutes earlier, Smith had introduced me and a few other first-time mushers to dogsledding, and now I found myself listening to the excited baying of my dogs, who obviously were more confident about dashing into the forest than I was.’
    • ‘But they also tell their story in a style straightforward enough that readers will be swept up in the drama of how 20 mushers covered nearly 700 miles in about six days.’
    • ‘On the day that mushers from around the world met in Anchorage for the 1150-mile ‘last great race on Earth’, some friends and I hurtled for 15 miles across the Norwegian mountains, feeling very brave indeed.’
    • ‘The gallery ends with a display contrasting an old-time musher with someone geared for modern dog sled travel.’
    • ‘But we continued to zoom past the wooden posts with yellow bands on them, marking the no man's land, a two kilometre wide border between Finland and Russia where not even mushers may roam.’
    • ‘I'm finally back in my room and feeling a special sort of sympathy for Iditarod mushers.’
    • ‘Climbers atop Everest phone home via portable satellite dishes, while pocket-size global positioning systems guide mushers on the Yukon Quest trail.’
    • ‘Winning mushers incredibly cover the distance in just nine to 12 days.’
    • ‘They react to the commands of their musher, acting as the steering, accelerator and brakes.’
    • ‘Several hours on the sled and I was beginning to consider myself a real hard-core musher.’
    • ‘The mushers we work with all adore their animals.’

Pronunciation

musher

/ˈməSHər/

Main definitions of musher in US English:

: musher1musher2

musher2

noun

British
informal
  • A person who owns and drives a taxi cab.

Origin

Late 19th century: from slang mush ‘owner-driver of a cab’, from mushroom, apparently referring to the increase in the number of vehicles owned as the business grows.

Pronunciation

musher

/ˈməSHər/