(US) A mountain lion, by mispronunciation of "panther".
Other Word Forms of Painter
Origin of Painter
Middle English peintour probably from Old French pentoir strong rope from pendre to hang from Vulgar Latin pendere from Latin pendēre (s)pen- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
paint + -er, influenced by Middle French paintre.
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