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[roo-ter, roo t-er] /ˈru tər, ˈrʊt ər/
a person, animal, or thing that roots, as with the snout.
South Midland and Southern U.S. a pig's snout.
Origin of rooter1
First recorded in 1640-50; root2 + -er1


[roo-ter or, sometimes, roo t-er] /ˈru tər or, sometimes, ˈrʊt ər/
a person who roots for, supports, or encourages a team or contestant.
a loyal and enthusiastic helper, follower, or supporter.
First recorded in 1885-90; root3 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Has it been this rooter and grunter that's been bothering us right along?

    Chums of the Camp Fire Lawrence J. Leslie
  • When roar once again subsided into waiting suspense a strong-lunged Wayne rooter yelled, “Watch him run!”

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
  • I couldn't tell you why, but there was hate of us as sailor-men in the very turn of the rooter's body as he walked the deck.

    The Last Entry William Clark Russell
  • From behind the other closed doors, the merry voices of the checker-players and rooter grew very audible.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • Thus he reports hearing a rooter shout, "Take orf that pitcher!"

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • The "rooter" and I wormed our way through the crowd back to the seats which the kind Canton man had kept for us.

    Stories That End Well Octave Thanet
  • It is safe to assume that what the rooter actually said was, "Ta-ake 'im out!"

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • There were four of us by this time, his granddaughter and the Reed "rooter," besides the Canton man and myself.

    Stories That End Well Octave Thanet
Slang definitions & phrases for rooter



A supporter or fan, esp of a team, fighter, school, etc (1890+)

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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