Definition of woodcutter in US English:



  • 1A person who cuts down trees or branches, especially for fuel.

    • ‘The title provides aids to let you know if a woodcutter has run out of trees in his designated area but is unable to tell you specifically why there is a mass of settlers sitting around idle.’
    • ‘This is the place where some woodcutters cut down trees.’
    • ‘Members of the Santa Fe community remember this period as one in which they supplied themselves with kiln fuel from the pine branches and slash left in the forest by the Quiroga woodcutters.’
    • ‘In addition to the practical considerations favoring the dry wood of dead trees over the wet and heavy wood of living trees, woodcutters in Santa Fe express, and partly practice, an ethic of woodcutting.’
    • ‘There was an inn in the trees at the Bains de l' Allaiz where the woodcutters stopped to drink, and we sat inside warmed by the stove and drank hot red wine with spices and lemon in it.’
    • ‘Occasionally they find a few sparks, kept alive in a humble woodcutter's cottage, or in a small fire started by a few of their fellow wanderers.’
    • ‘He was followed by other cattlemen, as well as woodcutters eager to exploit the tall stands of cedar.’
    • ‘Many woodcutters know Purepecha names for trees, which correspond closely to the Linnean system of names of species, and the burning and construction qualities of different kinds of wood.’
    • ‘The son of a Perthshire woodcutter, Macintosh himself became a forester.’
    • ‘Mentionably, professional woodcutters, who are adept at handsawing of timber are hired by the timber smugglers to carry on the business.’
    • ‘Or maybe he could send a strong message on his attitude to forestry and logging by putting champion woodcutter, David Foster, in the job.’
    • ‘He arrived on the Belgravia in 1864, with a 15-year sentence to serve for house-breaking and worked as a woodcutter, sawyer, fencer and general labouring teamster.’
    • ‘No longer do the leaders of the smartest city governments view the environment as merely a source of dirt for the homebuilders, or wood for the woodcutters.’
    • ‘The people we met were like the cast from an old faery tale: bearded woodcutters sat chatting in clearings of the forest; cowherds and shepherdesses wandered past with their flocks, shy and silent.’
    • ‘The methods of tree felling were altered and piece work was introduced, doubling the woodcutters ' wages and leading to increased costs.’
    • ‘It has little to say about management techniques for the kinds of nonlumber wood that woodcutters require and does not provide a reliable parameter of growth rates for the species that woodcutters prefer for cooking fuel.’
    • ‘My first impression of Woolrich came not from hunters, but woodcutters atop pine tree forested mountains when I was a young U.S. Forest Service firefighter.’
    • ‘What's keeping the seemingly decent woodcutter from telling what he really knows?’
    • ‘Two cars whizzed by, then the woodcutter's truck passed, laden with dried branches for cooking fires.’
    • ‘The film depicts one day in the life of a woodcutter in rural Argentina - precious little happens but it's well worth your patience, especially because Alonso packs the screen with so many stark and beautiful landscapes.’
  • 2A person who makes woodcuts.

    • ‘The Crew family were soon followed by others, mostly teamsters or woodcutters.’
    • ‘Some of the earliest settlers around the mine were miners, woodcutters, teamsters, and before long a blacksmith.’
    • ‘Even in the 1840s the pond was visited frequently by fishermen and woodcutters, and Thoreau could hear the rumble of the Boston-to-Fitchburg railroad as it passed along the western shore.’
    • ‘If Carrington had ordered Fetterman to simply relieve the wood train, there was no point in Fetterman leading his mission in the direction of the ridge-away from the woodcutters.’
    • ‘Because Thoreau, the railroad, and woodcutters have encroached on Walden, White Pond is the gem of all these.’
    • ‘Koch, a highly educated Dane who had worked as a woodcutter and trader on the Montana frontier before becoming a successful banker, and was a founder of Montana State University.’
    • ‘If it remains the purview of expert resource managers, woodcutters are denied a chance to participate in the interpretation of results and are unlikely to undertake institutional change.’
    • ‘He has worked as a joiner, woodcutter, ship-repairer, road-builder, sign-painter, farmer and metal-worker.’
    • ‘However by January the company was advertising again for teamsters and woodcutters, offering thirteen shillings and sixpence per ton for gum, mallee or any other suitable wood delivered at the mine.’
    • ‘There was much hardship felt by individuals such as miners, woodcutters, bullock drivers and storekeepers.’
    • ‘Garcia observed woodcutters selling firewood door to door in Quiroga, and one admitted cutting pine in Santa Fe.’
    • ‘Dutch tradesmen and expert woodcutters were transported from Amsterdam.’
    • ‘Per Kirkeby's new multi-perspectival paintings are like images from a woodcutter's tale, told at the edge of the dark forest.’
    • ‘So why have Santa Fe woodcutters been unable to develop a more appropriate knowledge system to inform their woodcutting practices?’
    • ‘Many Icelandic men took laboring jobs as unskilled factory workers and woodcutters, or as dockworkers in Milwaukee when they first arrived.’
    • ‘There was nothing along that road at all, and it was hardly a road; only a track that woodcutters used.’
    • ‘Just as many farmers shunned cast iron plows long after they were proven to be superior to most wooden plows, woodcutters had a natural tendency to use what was familiar and effective.’
    • ‘They stopped that evening in a clearing that was obviously used by woodcutters who probably didn't like trespassers.’
    • ‘He needed men for his army, smiths for his forges, cooks, hunters, healers, servants, woodcutters, stonemasons and more.’
    • ‘The first European people to use it were the absconders of the ship Coromandel in 1837, followed by Tasmanian woodcutters.’