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n. Archaic
A pack animal, such as a horse or mule.

[Middle English, driver of a packhorse, from Old French sometier, from Vulgar Latin *saumatārius, from Late Latin sagma, sagmat-, packsaddle, from Greek, from sattein, to pack.]


(Animals) archaic a packhorse, mule, or other beast of burden
[C14: from Old French sometier driver of a baggage horse, from Vulgar Latin sagmatārius (unattested), from Late Latin sagma packsaddle]


(ˈsʌmp tər)

a packhorse or mule.
[1275–1325; Middle English sompter < Old French sometier pack-horse driver < Vulgar Latin *saumatārius= Latin sagmat- (s. of sagma; see summer2) + -ārius -ary]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sumpter - an animal (such as a mule or burro or horse) used to carry loadssumpter - an animal (such as a mule or burro or horse) used to carry loads
beast of burden, jument - an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work
packhorse - a workhorse used as a pack animal
References in classic literature ?
Another lay brother led a sumpter mule, loaded probably with his superior's baggage; and two monks of his own order, of inferior station, rode together in the rear, laughing and conversing with each other, without taking much notice of the other members of the cavalcade.
He at once called to Sancho, who, however, had no mind to come, as he was just then engaged in unloading a sumpter mule, well laden with provender, which these worthy gentlemen had brought with them.
And driving his ass before him he begged his master to follow, who, feeling that Sancho was right, did so without replying; and after proceeding some little distance between two hills they found themselves in a wide and retired valley, where they alighted, and Sancho unloaded his beast, and stretched upon the green grass, with hunger for sauce, they breakfasted, dined, lunched, and supped all at once, satisfying their appetites with more than one store of cold meat which the dead man's clerical gentlemen (who seldom put themselves on short allowance) had brought with them on their sumpter mule.
Tis Sir Norman of Torn," spoke up Red Shandy, "with his great host of noble knights and men-at-arms and squires and lackeys and sumpter beasts.
After them came twenty-seven sumpter horses carrying tent-poles, cloth, spare arms, spurs, wedges, cooking kettles, horse-shoes, bags of nails and the hundred other things which experience had shown to be needful in a harried and hostile country.
Also stars Donald Sumpter as the President (above).
If anyone has any information about where this vehicle had driven from they should phone 101 and ask to speak with PC Alan Sumpter at Sutton Coldeld Response.
Groomsmen were Blake Gillies, Luke Post Bobby Ramsey, Dillon Shiyou, Jimmy Sumpter, Todd Theis, Jerry Ursin, and Scott Zimmerman.
Jayden's grandmother, Carolyn Sumpter, said minutes later, she noticed the front door was ajar and began the search.
where the money went," attorney Denny Sumpter of West Memphis told Arkansas Business.
MSHA fined the company again, for the lack of examinations and the water, and pursued 110(c) fines against Mike Sumpter, the acting mine superintendent, and Rex Hartzell, the general mine foreman.
GET ON UP director/producer Tate Taylor ; producers Brian Grazer , Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Erica Huggins ; cast members Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Fred Melamed, Craig Robinson, Jill Scott, Josh Hopkins, Brandon Smith, Tika Sumpter, Tariq Trotter, Keith Robinson, Alvin Edney and Jamell Richardson ; cast member/choreographer Aakomon Jones ; writers/executive producers Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth ; writer Steven Baigelman ; executive producers Peter Afterman, Trish Hofmann, John Norris, Anna Culp ; and very special guests: members of the James Brown family