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[fahy-ter] /ˈfaɪ tər/
a boxer; pugilist.
Military. an aircraft designed to seek out and destroy enemy aircraft in the air and to protect bomber aircraft.
a person who fights, struggles, resists, etc.
a person with the will, courage, determination, ability, or disposition to fight, struggle, resist, etc.
an animal, as a dog, trained to fight or having the disposition to fight.
Origin of fighter
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fēohtere. See fight, -er1
Related forms
nonfighter, noun Unabridged
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  • Early in 1917 these qualities were further developed in the Bristol fighter.

    Aviation in Peace and War Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
  • The men, knowing her reputation as a fighter, and awed by her appearance, hesitated.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • By swinging sharply east the Mustangs would hit the fighter hangars.

  • That man was as desperate a fighter as I ever saw or expect to see.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • As long as fighting was done at close quarters no other fighter could equal him or expect to overcome him.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
British Dictionary definitions for fighter


a person who fights, esp a professional boxer
a person who has determination
(military) an armed aircraft designed for destroying other aircraft
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fighter

Old English feohtere; agent noun from fight (v.). Cf. German Fechter. Meaning "fast military airplane used for combat" is from 1917.

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


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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