Etymology
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beater (n.)

mid-14c., "an implement for beating;" mid-15c., "a person who punishes" (c. 1200 as a surname); agent noun from beat (v.). Old English had beatere "boxer." Of various mechanical devices that "beat" in some sense from early 17c. Meaning "one who rouses game" is from 1825. Slang meaning "old car" is from c. 1980.

updated on April 25, 2017

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Definitions of beater from WordNet

beater (n.)
a worker who rouses wild game from under cover for a hunter;
beater (n.)
an implement for beating;
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