- a person who lives in rented quarters in another's house; roomer.
Origin of lodger
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Examples from the Web for lodger
In The Lodger an ominous character paced the floor, which Hitchcock constructed of glass.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Aye, I suppose he's only a lodger;—yes, this must be the place.The Politician Out-Witted
He fired his first broadside before his lodger entered the barn.
He remained, looking at his lodger with a troubled expression.
"I guess likely he hasn't forgotten," she said afterwards, in conversation with her lodger.
He had been very insistent that she take him as boarder and lodger.
- a person who pays rent in return for accommodation in someone else's house
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Word Origin and History for lodger
early 14c., originally "tent-dweller," agent noun from lodge (v.). From c.1200 as a surname. Meaning "one who lives in rented rooms" is from 1590s.
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