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[rey-ser] /ˈreɪ sər/
a person, animal, or thing that races or takes part in a race, as a racehorse, bicycle, yacht, etc.
anything having great speed.
a turntable on which a heavy gun is turned.
any of several slender, active snakes of the genera Coluber and Masticophis.
Origin of racer
First recorded in 1640-50; race1 + -er1
Related forms
miniracer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The tortoise in the right road will beat a racer in the wrong.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • The Blanchita is a light craft, and skims over the water like a racer.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • He instantly ordered the racer to be got under weigh to go in search of them.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Each time he essayed it, the other racer swerved in front and cut off the road.

    From the Car Behind

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Kingdon could drive the car home and Hebler could run the racer.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
British Dictionary definitions for racer


a person, animal, or machine that races
a turntable used to traverse a heavy gun
any of several long slender nonvenomous North American snakes of the colubrid genus Coluber and related genera, such as C. lateralis (striped racer)
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Word Origin and History for racer

1640s of persons; 1793 of vehicles, agent noun from race (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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