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A barbed spear attached to a rope and thrown or fired from a gun, used especially in whaling.
tr.v. har·pooned, har·poon·ing, har·poons
To strike, kill, or capture with or as if with a harpoon.

[Probably from Dutch harpoen, from Middle Dutch, from Old French harpon, possibly from harpe, clamp, claw, from Latin harpa, sickle, from Greek harpē.]

har·poon′er n.
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Noun1.harpooner - someone who launches harpoons
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills
References in classic literature ?
The caretaker was a harpooner who intended sailing next voyage on the whale ship Bonanza.
The harpooner came on deck to answer our hail, and invited us aboard.
Here I sat, inside my first ship, a smuggler, accepted as a comrade by a harpooner and a runaway English sailor who said his name was Scotty.
The harpooner suggested the eminent desirableness of a drink, and Scotty searched his pockets for dimes and nickels.
The harpooner looked at me fixedly for some moments before answering, struck his broad forehead with his hand
said the harpooner, shaking his head with the air of a man who would not be convinced.
Very well, my worthy harpooner, if some vertebrate, several hundred yards long, and large in proportion, can maintain itself in such depths-- of those whose surface is represented by millions of square inches, that is by tens of millions of pounds, we must estimate the pressure they undergo.
But if they do not exist, mine obstinate harpooner, how explain the accident to the Scotia?
Peter Carey was master of the SEA UNICORN, and I was spare harpooner.
I saw these advertisements about harpooners, and high wages, so I went to the shipping agents, and they sent me here.
I therefore spent some days in the East End, devised an Arctic expedition, put forth tempting terms for harpooners who would serve under Captain Basil--and behold the result
Leastwise, thirty years ago, when I was in Honolulu, I met a man, an old geezer, who claimed he'd been a harpooner on a whaleship sunk by a whale off the coast of South America.