What does farmer mean?

Definitions for farmer
ˈfɑr mərfarmer

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word farmer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. farmer, husbandman, granger, sodbusternoun

    a person who operates a farm

  2. Farmer, James Leonard Farmernoun

    United States civil rights leader who in 1942 founded the Congress of Racial Equality (born in 1920)

  3. Farmer, Fannie Farmer, Fannie Merritt Farmernoun

    an expert on cooking whose cookbook has undergone many editions (1857-1915)


  1. farmernoun

    A person who works the land or who keeps livestock, especially on a farm.

  2. farmernoun

    Agent noun of farm; someone or something that farms.

  3. Farmernoun

    the Soviet MiG 19 aircraft.

  4. Etymology: From *, fermour, partly from fermier, from firmarius, from firma, see farm; and partly from feormere, from feormian, equivalent to. More at farm.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Farmernoun

    Etymology: fermier, French; or from farm.

    Thou hast seen a farmer ’s dog bark at a beggar, and the creature run from the cur: there thou might’st behold the great image of authority; a dog’s obey’d in office. William Shakespeare.

    Nothing is of greater prejudice to the farmer than the stocking of his land with cattle that are larger than it will bear. John Mortimer, Husbandry.


  1. Farmer

    A farmer is a person engaged in agriculture, raising living organisms for food or raw materials. The term usually applies to people who do some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock. A farmer might own the farm land or might work as a laborer on land owned by others. In most developed economies, a "farmer" is usually a farm owner (landowner), while employees of the farm are known as farm workers (or farmhands). However, in other older definitions a farmer was a person who promotes or improves the growth of plants, land or crops or raises animals (as livestock or fish) by labor and attention. Over half a billion farmers are smallholders, most of whom are in developing countries, and who economically support almost two billion people. Globally, women constitute more than 40% of agricultural employees.


  1. farmer

    A farmer is an individual engaged in agriculture, who raises living organisms such as plants, crops, and/or animals for food or raw materials, often including byproduct, such as dairy, meat, wool, or poultry. Farmers can have a range of roles, from small-scale operations to large industrial farming operations. They also contribute to the maintenance of natural ecosystems and biodiversity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Farmernoun

    one who farms

  2. Farmernoun

    one who hires and cultivates a farm; a cultivator of leased ground; a tenant

  3. Farmernoun

    one who is devoted to the tillage of the soil; one who cultivates a farm; an agriculturist; a husbandman

  4. Farmernoun

    one who takes taxes, customs, excise, or other duties, to collect, either paying a fixed annuual rent for the privilege; as, a farmer of the revenues

  5. Farmernoun

    the lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown

  6. Etymology: [Cf. F. fermier.]


  1. Farmer

    A farmer is a person engaged in agriculture, raising living organisms for food or raw materials. The term usually applies to people who do some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock. A farmer might own the farmed land or might work as a labourer on land owned by others, but in advanced economies, a farmer is usually a farm owner, while employees of the farm are farm workers, farmhands, etc.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. farmer

    1. A man who raises early feed for potato-bugs. 2. One who supplies raw stock for vaudeville jokes. 3. A man who makes his money in the country and blows it in when he comes to town. (Farms were first devised as an excuse for the Agricultural Department at Washington.)

Editors Contribution

  1. farmer

    A person with the accurate and specific ability, experience, knowledge, training, education and skills to run a farm.

    The local farmers worked together through a co-op to achieve their fair prices.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Farmer is ranked #480 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Farmer surname appeared 69,617 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 24 would have the surname Farmer.

    77.1% or 53,716 total occurrences were White.
    17.4% or 12,148 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 1,441 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 1,267 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 731 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 327 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'farmer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4312

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'farmer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3849

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'farmer' in Nouns Frequency: #653

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of farmer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of farmer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of farmer in a Sentence

  1. Senzeni Zokwana:

    This way the farmer will not end up struggling to get funding from the bank, we must find a balance between the need to transform the industry and ensure that food security is sustained. It would also be good for farmers to come up with ideas that would not put food security at risk.

  2. Jonathan Blyth:

    The weather is always the biggest challenge, we’re reading the Farmer’s Almanac and always checking forecasts.

  3. Cynthia Young:

    The images of dead soldiers, a farmer burying a dead horse in the snow and German prisoners corralled with their hands raised attest to the bleakness of this deadly campaign.

  4. Neil Leinwand:

    I really struggle with putting any of my dollars into Hormel's pockets, we just reinforce that every time a consumer is buying an Applegate product, they are supporting a farmer, they are supporting a network.

  5. Richard Lightbound:

    A lot of the technology is already available. It's just a question of packaging it together at the right cost for the farmers, if you can reduce herbicides by the factor of 10 it becomes very compelling for the farmer in terms of productivity. It's also eco friendly and that's clearly going to be very popular, if not compulsory, at some stage.

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