1. (UK Und.) a villain who steals a proportion of the gang’s joint booty.
|Real Life in Ireland 185: Thus was Brian surrounded by rebels [...] swabbers, ticklers, weeders, sloemouths, and potato stalks.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 32/1: I can plainly see ’tis a losing game to have such bloody ‘weeders’ along with me at ‘graft.’.|
2. (US Und.) a thief.
|How I Became a Detective 96: Weeder – One who carries the keys and unlocks stores and robs them systematically and locks the store again when leaving.|
3. (US Und.) one who steals in small amounts to avoid detection.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 250: weeder A person who steals in small amounts to avoid detection.|
|False Starts 124: Weeders took the smallest and most expensive items.|