AskDefine | Define sumpter

Dictionary Definition

sumpter n : an animal such as a mule or burro or horse used to carry loads [syn: pack animal]

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English

Etymology

Old French sometier, from late Latin sagma, from Greek σαγμα ‘pack-saddle’.

Pronunciation

  • /'sʌmptə/

Noun

  1. the driver of a packhorse
    • 1605: Persuade me rather to be slave and sumpter / To this detested groom. — William Shakespeare, King Lear, II.ii
  2. a packhorse, a beast of burden

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Siberian husky, ass, beast of burden, bidet, camel, carriage horse, cart horse, cavalry horse, draft animal, draft horse, dray horse, driving horse, dromedary, elephant, fill horse, filler, gigster, hack, hackney, hinny, horse, hunter, husky, jennet, jument, lead, leader, llama, malamute, mount, mule, ox, pack horse, palfrey, plow horse, pole horse, polo pony, post-horse, reindeer, remount, rider, riding horse, road horse, roadster, rouncy, saddle horse, saddler, shaft horse, sledge dog, stalking-horse, sumpter horse, sumpter mule, thill horse, thiller, wheeler, wheelhorse, workhorse
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