Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[fey-ser] /ˈfeɪ sər/
a person or thing that faces.
Informal. a blow in the face.
British Informal. an unexpected major difficulty, dilemma, or defeat.
Origin of facer
First recorded in 1505-15; face + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for facer
Historical Examples
  • Here Sir Charles threw in something which he felt to be in the nature of a facer.

    Cleek of Scotland Yard Thomas W. Hanshew
  • It was undoubtedly a facer; but Scottie came back in his usual calm manner.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Here was a facer for Tarling, but he betrayed no sign either of disappointment or surprise.

    The Daffodil Mystery Edgar Wallace
  • This was a facer for Tom, but all he asked was how much money there was.

  • The question was somewhat of a facer, for how could Dick and Alec then interfere?

    The Great Airship. F. S. Brereton
  • No man is safe from losing every penny he has in the world, unless he has had his facer.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Take care you don’t get an answer of that sort—a facer, I mean—from the ‘pretty fisher maiden.

    Interludes Horace Smith
  • "You look as if you had been given a facer, old man," he said.

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • Stunned by this "facer," Reginald Van Slyke gasped and stared.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • It was a facer for us and, 'pon my word, I don't see how they did it.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for facer


a person or thing that faces
a lathe tool used to turn a face perpendicular to the axis of rotation
(Brit, informal) a difficulty or problem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for facer

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for facer

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for facer