- a person who supports or aids a person, cause, enterprise, etc.
- a person who bets on a competitor in a race or contest.
- canvas or other material used for backing.
Origin of backer
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1. supporter, sponsor, guarantor; aide, helper.
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Examples from the Web for backer
When a golfer is out there on the course, any new bet he makes is probably made with his own money, without the help of a backer.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
Backer says he relishes the idea of the issue going to court.
How does Ready for Hillary respond to the allegation from Backer et al?
Ironically, Hezbollah and its backer Iran have not always had an antagonistic relationship with al-Qaeda.Hezbollah, Jabhat al-Nusra Set for Showdown in Syria
March 14, 2013
“Everyone talks about the Tea Party as though it dragged the Republican Party to the right,” Backer told me.New Tea Party News Network Defining Conservative Brand and Mission
November 13, 2012
The backer was a reliable man and asked for a fair run for his money.
"I'll take two to one The Dutchman gets it," said a backer of that horse.
"That's what the Public are up against in this game," sneered the backer of Lucretia.
He was fond of Szczepanik and Szczepanik's backer, Mr. Kleinburg.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Do you suppose that we—my backer and I—shall run the risk for nothing?
- a person who gives financial or other support
- a person who bets on a competitor or contestant
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Word Origin and History for backer
"supporter," 1580s, agent noun from back (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper