- a person or thing that joins.
- a carpenter, especially one who constructs doors, window sashes, paneling, and other permanent woodwork.
- a person who belongs to many clubs, associations, societies, etc., often from indiscriminate enthusiasm, for increased status, to make business or social contacts, or the like.
Origin of joiner
Examples from the Web for joiner
For most of my adult life, I have always felt independent of any political party--an observer rather than a joiner.Piers Morgan’s Comeback Strategy
February 27, 2014
Young Judith Blum was never a joiner in school, never popular, never athletic, never part of any cliques.The Real Queen of Daytime
March 3, 2010
He left long before I did, and went to learn his trade of a joiner in the city.Rico and Wiseli
There were tools and a joiner's bench in an outhouse, and there he worked.The Great Hunger
So after all, these first houses were rather poor specimens of the joiner's craft.Old Rail Fence Corners
He did not finish the sentence; the joiner's plane had hurtled close past his head.The Gods are Athirst
The joiner felt to the bottom of his pockets, but could find nothing.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7
Charles H. Sylvester
- mainly British a person trained and skilled in making finished woodwork, such as windows, doors, and stairs
- a person or thing that joins
- informal a person who joins many clubs, causes, etc
Word Origin and History for joiner
early 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), joynour "maker of furniture, small boxes, etc.," from Old French joigneor "joiner, carpenter," agent noun from joindre "to join" (see join). A craftsman who did lighter and more ornamental work than a carpenter. Meaning "one who makes a habit of joining" (societies, clubs, etc.) is from 1890. Related: Joinery.