Graze vs Grazier - What's the difference?

graze | grazier |

As nouns the difference between graze and grazier

is that graze is the act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing while grazier is (uk|historical) one who grazes cattle and/or sheep on a rural property.

As a verb graze

is to feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc) with grass; to furnish pasture for.

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(en noun)
  • The act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing.
  • A light abrasion; a slight scratch.
  • Verb

  • To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • a field or two to graze his cows
  • * 1999:' Although it is perfectly good meadowland, none of the villagers has ever '''grazed animals on the meadow on the other side of the wall. — ''Stardust , Neil Gaiman, page 4 (2001 Perennial Edition).
  • (ambitransitive) To feed on; to eat (growing herbage); to eat grass from (a pasture); to browse.
  • Cattle graze in the meadows.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead.
  • * 1993 , John Montroll, Origami Inside-Out (page 41)
  • The bird [Canada goose] is more often found on land than other waterfowl because of its love for seeds and grains. The long neck is well adapted for grazing .
  • To tend (cattle, etc.) while grazing.
  • * Shakespeare
  • when Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's sheep
  • To rub or touch lightly the surface of (a thing) in passing.
  • the bullet grazed the wall
  • * 1851 ,
  • But in that gale, the port, the land, is that ship’s direst jeopardy; she must fly all hospitality; one touch of land, though it but graze the keel, would make her shudder through and through.
  • To cause a slight wound to; to scratch.
  • to graze one's knee
  • To yield grass for grazing.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The sewers must be kept so as the water may not stay too long in the spring; for then the ground continueth the wet, whereby it will never graze to purpose that year.

    Derived terms

    * overgraze


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    (en noun)
  • (UK, historical) One who grazes cattle and/or sheep on a rural property.
  • Graziers on the tablelands are in dire straits because they do not have enough winter feed and will have to keep reducing stock.
  • (Australia) The owner of a large property on which sheep or cattle graze.
  • * 1963 , Colin Clark, Australian Hopes and Fears , page 75,
  • As a result of these causes the grazier' marks himself off fairly sharply from the rest of Australia. He has always spent a considerable proportion of the time in the capital cities, in each of which he has formed a club to which, besides the ' graziers , only a few of the wealthiest and most prominent of the city dwellers are admitted.
  • * 1996 , , Virago Press, paperback edition, page 44
  • They have been here, the bora rings, for over twenty thousand years, it is believed; it is only in the past hundred, a hiccup in time, that indifferent graziers and the treads of their four-wheel drives have scattered the stones and have imprinted zippered cars across their sacred clay skin.
  • * 2000 , Bill Pritchard, Phil McManus, Land of Discontent: The Dynamics of Change in Rural and Regional Australia , page 34,
  • The ‘grazier'’ image can be contrasted to that of the ‘cocky’. ' Graziers have tended to own large tracts of land, have inherited family wealth from the heady days of high wool prices, often reside in stately homes, possess a good education, and have taken leadership roles in the industry.

    Usage notes

    In Britain, the term is no longer used, but has historical significance.