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[loo k-er] /ˈlʊk ər/
a person who looks.
Informal. a very attractive person.
Origin of looker
1300-50; Middle English; 1900-05 for def 2; see look, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is said that all martyrdoms seemed mean to the looker on.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • No wonder they want a 'looker' to take the taste of him out of their mouths.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Another general term for a herdsman was looker, whence Luker.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • There was no objection to being supported in one's suspicion that, after all, one was a "looker."

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I have often met him since as a looker on at shows, and we have occasionally corresponded.

    All About Dogs Charles Henry Lane
  • I am only a looker on, and must always be, but it does interest me all the same!

    An Unknown Lover Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The sight of the latter seemed to thrill the looker like an electric shock.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • You're smart and a looker, and I guess you want to go out and see the world.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • Ill see looker about it on Monday and fix the matter up with him.

British Dictionary definitions for looker


noun (informal)
a person who looks
a very attractive person, esp a woman or girl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for looker

Old English locere "one engaged in looking," agent noun from look (v.). Meaning "one who watches over" is from c.1300; that of "one who has a certain appearance" is late 15c. Slang meaning "attractive woman" attested from 1893. Looker-in (1927) was an early word for "television viewer."

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



  1. A good-looking person of either sex, but esp a woman: That waitress is a looker, a real dish (1902+)
  2. (also lookie-loo) A person who inspects merchandise but does not buy: A ''looker'' is to the used car lot what a browser is to a bookstore/ Yard/ garage/tag sales are plagued by ''lookie-loos'' (1940s+ Salespersons)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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