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[roo-mer, roo m-er] /ˈru mər, ˈrʊm ər/
a person who lives in a rented room; lodger.
Origin of roomer
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75; room + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The roomer, who had walked fast, stopped and took off his hat.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The Pages' roomer was in love with Sidney whether he knew it or not.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • If it's got to be someone, Sidney, I'd rather have it the roomer upstairs than Wilson.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I think, on the whole, I prefer to be a 'roomer' and 'eat out.'

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • He's about the highest payin' roomer I have and I did think he was permanent.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • “I understand you have a roomer here,” began Detective Fuller.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate Mildred A. Wirt
  • Theres a roomer around that we got off at the wrong stashun.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • On the day after the arrival of the roomer, Harriet Kennedy came down to breakfast a little late.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Mrs. Ernestine Jacques very soon became devoted to her roomer, Mildred Latham.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
Word Origin and History for roomer

"one who hires a room," 1871, agent noun from room (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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