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[mik-ser] /ˈmɪk sər/
a person or thing that mixes.
a person, with reference to sociability:
She's a good mixer to have at a large party.
a kitchen utensil or an electrical appliance having one or more beaters and used in mixing, beating, or blending foods.
Also, mix. a beverage, as ginger ale, fruit juice, or soda water that can be combined with liquor to produce a mixed drink, especially a highball.
Audio. an electronic device for blending, fading, substitution, etc., of sounds from various sources, as from microphones or separately recorded soundtracks, for broadcast or recording.
Radio and Television, Recording. a technician who operates a mixer in a studio.
the person responsible for the original recording of a movie soundtrack.
Compare recordist.
a social event, as a party or dance, where people can meet informally.
Metallurgy. a container for blending and storing molten pig iron from several blast furnaces.
Origin of mixer
First recorded in 1605-15; mix + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We rushed to the door, and in the distance, riding down upon us at terrific speed, I indeed beheld the mixer.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • The top floor of the mixer house stored the cement, 2,000 bbls.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • A No. 2½ Smith mixer was used and discharged into cars which delivered their loads on tracks leading to the caissons.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The mixer discharged onto a belt conveyor carried by a 25-ft.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • A track was laid on each platform and ran out over a mixer located on the end slope of the embankment.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for mixer


a person or thing that mixes
  1. a person considered in relation to his ability to mix socially
  2. a person who creates trouble for others
a kitchen appliance, usually electrical, used for mixing foods, etc
a drink such as ginger ale, fruit juice, etc, used in preparing cocktails
(electronics) a device in which two or more input signals are combined to give a single output signal
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Word Origin and History for mixer

1610s, "worker who mixes," agent noun from mix (v.). As a type of machine, from 1876. Meaning "troublemaker" attested by 1938; sense of "social gathering to mingle and get acquainted" dates from 1916.

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



  1. A person who easily becomes acquainted and sociable with others; a gregarious person (1896+)
  2. A party or other gathering intended as an occasion for people to meet and become acquainted with one another (1920s+)

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cement mixer

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