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[luhng-er] /ˈlʌŋ ər/
noun, Informal.
a person who has chronic lung disease, especially tuberculosis.
Origin of lunger1
First recorded in 1890-95; lung + -er1


[luhn-jer] /ˈlʌn dʒər/
a person or thing that lunges.
First recorded in 1835-45; lunge1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He suppressed a little hacking cough that told its own story; he was a “lunger.”


    Jacob A. Riis
  • "You don't look like a lunger," said Barrows, eying her critically.

    Sunny Slopes

    Ethel Hueston
  • Ma'am, I'm sorry for you, but I wouldn't really have picked you out for a lunger.

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough
  • The lunger in turn tries to make the hopper put down his second foot or unfold arms.

  • It's a lunger bound for the lakes, and some one gave him a twist as to the track an' we caught 'im.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • The mesa just like a big green table spread under the sky—what is it that lunger poet said—‘under the wide and starry sky’?

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • The kid's a lunger, an' the first thing to do is to git him started in to feelin' like a man.

  • lunger and Company sank a shaft on the Mountain Key to a depth of 90 feet and found very rich ore.

    The Pinos Altos Story Dorothy Watson
  • In the afternoons I'm goin' to keep him out in the air—that's all a lunger needs—plenty air, an' good grub.

Slang definitions & phrases for lunger



A person with tuberculosis: at once a lunger and lifer (1893+)

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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