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sizer1

[sahy-zer]
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noun
  1. any device for measuring or sorting objects according to size.
  2. a worker who judges or sorts objects according to size.
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Origin of sizer1

First recorded in 1670–80; size1 + -er1

sizer2

[sahy-zer]
noun
  1. sizar.
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sizar

or siz·er

[sahy-zer]
noun
  1. (at Cambridge University and at Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate who receives maintenance aid from the college.
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Origin of sizar

First recorded in 1580–90; size1 + -ar3
Related formssiz·ar·ship, nounsub·siz·ar, nounsub·siz·ar·ship, noun
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Historical Examples

  • A shawl is a hat and hurt and a red balloon and an under coat and a sizer a sizer of talks.

    Tender Buttons

    Gertrude Stein


British Dictionary definitions for sizer

sizar

noun
  1. British (at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate receiving a maintenance grant from the college
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Derived Formssizarship, noun

Word Origin

C16: from earlier sizer, from size 1 (meaning ``an allowance of food, etc'')
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Word Origin and History for sizer

n.

"device for measuring sizes," 1670s, agent noun from size (v.).

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sizar

n.

also sizer, at certain British universities, a student of limited means who received school meals for free, 1580s, from size (n.) in a specialized sense "ration, allowance for provisions."

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sizer in Medicine

sizer

(sīzər)
n.
  1. A cylinder of variable diameter, with rounded ends, used to measure the internal diameter of the bowel in preparation for stapling.
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