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[drop-er] /ˈdrɒp ər/
a person or thing that drops.
a glass tube with a hollow rubber bulb at one end and a small opening at the other, for drawing in a liquid and expelling it in drops; medicine dropper.
a short-haired dog that is a cross between a pointer and a setter.
Origin of dropper
First recorded in 1690-1700; drop + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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a small tube having a rubber bulb at one end for drawing up and dispensing drops of liquid
a person or thing that drops
(angling) a short length of monofilament by which a fly is attached to the main trace or leader above the tail fly
(Austral & NZ) a batten attached to the top wire of a fence to keep the wires apart
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dropper

1700, "distiller," agent noun from drop (v.). Meaning "small tube from which liquid may be made to fall in drops" is from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dropper in Medicine

dropper drop·per (drŏp'ər)
A device that produces drops, especially a small tube with a suction bulb at one end for drawing in a liquid and releasing it in drops. Also called instillator.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for dropper



  1. A paid assassin; criminal who injures or kills his victims; hit man: We got to send East for a couple of droppers (1920s+ Underworld)
  2. A thief who treats his victims violently; cowboy, mugger (1920s+ Underworld)
  3. A confidence man who drops something of value, appears to find it, and offers the dupe a share, for a price (1785+)
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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