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rooter1

[roo-ter, roo t-er]
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noun
  1. a person, animal, or thing that roots, as with the snout.
  2. South Midland and Southern U.S. a pig's snout.
  3. black buffalo.
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Origin of rooter1

First recorded in 1640–50; root2 + -er1

rooter2

[roo-ter or, sometimes, roo t-er]
noun
  1. a person who roots for, supports, or encourages a team or contestant.
  2. a loyal and enthusiastic helper, follower, or supporter.
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Origin of rooter2

First recorded in 1885–90; root3 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for rooter

Historical Examples

  • Has it been this rooter and grunter that's been bothering us right along?

    Chums of the Camp Fire

    Lawrence J. Leslie

  • Thus he reports hearing a rooter shout, "Take orf that pitcher!"

    Pieces of Hate

    Heywood Broun

  • It is safe to assume that what the rooter actually said was, "Ta-ake 'im out!"

    Pieces of Hate

    Heywood Broun

  • When roar once again subsided into waiting suspense a strong-lunged Wayne rooter yelled, “Watch him run!”

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