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[bloh-er] /ˈbloʊ ər/
a person or thing that blows.
a machine for supplying air at a moderate pressure, as to supply forced drafts or supercharge and scavenge diesel engines.
Mining. a jet of firedamp issuing from a crevice.
Slang. a braggart.
Chiefly British Slang. a telephone.
Origin of blower
before 900; Middle English; Old English. See blow2, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blower
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  • The blower should be very smooth, and made of either tin, brass or copper.

  • “To tell you who she is, my dear Mrs. blower, is very easy,” said the officious Doctor.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • The mass of glass was also very heavy for the blower to wield.

    The Story of Glass Sara Ware Bassett
  • Discovering no blower, he investigated, and began to gently haul in the line.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • "They might think we were friends of blower sent to spy on them," said Phil.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • Would you mind letting us see the letter Mr. blower sent you?

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • All had their eyes ahead, but so far they had seen no trace of the blower party.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • "blower here says he will do what he can to discover it," broke in Job Haskers.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • I wonder if any of you remember the old story about an organist and his blower.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • Sometimes a condenser is used in connection with the blower and the air is recirculated.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
British Dictionary definitions for blower


a mechanical device, such as a fan, that blows
a low-pressure rotary compressor, esp in a furnace or internal-combustion engine See also supercharger
an informal name for telephone
an informal name for speaking tube
an informal name for a whale1
(mining) a discharge of firedamp from a crevice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blower

early 12c. (originally of horn-blowers), from Old English blawere, agent noun from blow (v.1). Of mechanical devices from 1795.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for blower



A supercharger for a car or airplane engine; huffer (1920+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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