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sinker

[sing-ker]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that sinks.
  2. a person employed in sinking, as one who sinks shafts.
  3. a weight, as of lead, for sinking a fishing line or net below the surface of the water.
  4. Slang. a doughnut or, sometimes, a biscuit or muffin.
  5. Also called sinkerball. Baseball. a pitched ball that curves downward sharply as it reaches the plate.
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Origin of sinker

1520–30; 1920–25 for def 4; 1925–30 for def 5; sink + -er1
Related formssink·er·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sinker

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Historical Examples

  • A pressure-gauge to register the depth of the sinker has been added by Sir William.

  • Even I swallered that Development Company, hook, line, and sinker.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I have arranged this sinker, which has a hole through it, so that the line will run freely.

  • An' I'll bet a sinker it'll beat that Bally Klavvy bizness if we do it well.

  • No sinker or float is required, as the bait must be kept near the surface.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall


British Dictionary definitions for sinker

sinker

noun
  1. a weight attached to a fishing line, net, etc, to cause it to sink in water
  2. a person who sinks shafts, etc
  3. US an informal word for doughnut
  4. hook, line, and sinker See hook (def. 18)
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Word Origin and History for sinker

n.

1838 in the fishing-line sense, agent noun from sink (v.).

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Idioms and Phrases with sinker

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