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Roper   /rˈoʊpər/   Listen

A decoy who lures customers into a gambling establishment (especially one with a fixed game).
A cowboy who uses a lasso to rope cattle or horses.
A craftsman who makes ropes.  Synonyms: rope-maker, ropemaker.

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"Roper" Quotes from Famous Books

... from the Roper R., Gnangball, Odall, Nurumball, which from their form seem to be class names and identifiable with some of the ...
— Kinship Organisations and Group Marriage in Australia • Northcote W. Thomas

... power of an organizer. In 1815, William Crane, who was a member of the First Baptist Church, felt that his ought to use his talent among the twelve hundred Negro members of that congregation. Consequently, he and David Roper[26] gratuitously opened a tri-weekly night school in the gallery of the old church with Lott Cary, Colin Teague and fifteen or twenty leading members of the church as pupils.[27] Now Crane was able to inspire such a group to practical missionary ...
— The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922 • Various

... exploration, it was found to exhaust itself in a circular basin, which was named Termination Lake. Retracing the creek to where the depot was situated, the party travelled across a stretch of unknown country for some two hundred miles, and striking Leichhardt's Port Essington track on Leichhardt's Roper River, his route was followed too closely for hundreds of miles until civilisation was reached. My friend Baron von Mueller accompanied this expedition as botanist, ...
— Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration • Ernest Giles

... Kit Ines told me he was on duty there—going. She couldn't help speaking when she had eyes on her husband. She kisses the ground of his footsoles, you may say, let him be ever so unkind. She and I were crossing to the corner of Roper Street a rainy night, on way to Mile End, away down to one of your father's families, Mother Davis and her sick daughter and the little ones, and close under the public-house Goat and Beard we were seized on and hustled into a covered carriage that was there, and they drove sharp. She 's not one ...
— The Shaving of Shagpat • George Meredith

... Title of My Lord such a one, or Brigadier such a one, of the British Academy. And how should we be able to distinguish the Right from the Wrong, unless their License be printed before in Form, like a Privilege Royal, To our Trusty and Well-beloved Abel Roper, ...
— Reflections on Dr. Swift's Letter to Harley (1712) and The British Academy (1712) • John Oldmixon

Words linked to "Roper" :   artisan, rope-maker, cowman, cowhand, journeyman, ropemaker, puncher, cattleman, cowboy, decoy, cowpoke, steerer, artificer, rope, cowpuncher, craftsman, cowherd

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