- a person whose work is sawing wood, as into planks and boards
- a log or tree caught in a river so that its branches saw back and forth with the water
- any of a genus (Monochamus) of brown-and-gray, long-horned beetles whose larvae burrow into wood
Origin of sawyerMiddle English sawier for sawere, with -ier from Old French suffix -ier: see clothier, lawyer
- One that is employed in sawing wood.
- Any of several long-horned beetles of the genus Monochamus having larvae that bore holes in weakened or dead conifers or in lumber.
- A tree or a part of a tree that bobs in a river or other body of water, causing a danger to navigation.
Origin of sawyerMiddle English sauere, sawier from sawen to saw from sawe saw ; see saw 1.
From Middle English, equivalent to saw +"Ž -yer.