Definition of piecer in US English:



  • 1A person who patches or creates a garment or other item from pieces of fabric.

    • ‘The two assigned numbers may be divided between a piecer and a quilter or awarded to individuals within a group as determined by that group.’
    • ‘He was responsible for disciplining and paying the piecers on a time rate, so he stood to gain from the increased pace of work.’
    • ‘I'm not a piecer, but that doesn't mean I don't piece… I do.’
    1. 1.1historical A child employed in a spinning mill to join the ends of broken threads.
      • ‘At the age of six I became a piecer. I regularly worked at the weaving machine till I could hardly get home.’
      • ‘Kirsty had a job as a piecer, joining broken threads, a very tiring and boring life.’
      • ‘At the age of six I became a piecer. In the spring of 1840, I began to feel some painful symptoms in my right wrist, arising from the general weakness of my joints, brought on in the factories.’
      • ‘Further expressions of concern for his family and future generations came from a male weaver whose son was a piecer.’
      • ‘The number of cardings a piecer has through his fingers in a day is very great; each piecing requires three or four rubs, over a space of three or four inches.’