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[spin-er] /ˈspɪn ər/
a person or thing that spins.
Angling. a lure, as a spoon bait, that revolves in the water in trolling and casting.
Also called spinner play. Football. a play in which the player carrying the ball twirls about, to deceive the other team as to where the player intends to hit the line.
Aeronautics. a streamlined fairing over a propeller hub.
British Informal. nightjar.
Slang. a disc jockey.
Origin of spinner
1175-1225; Middle English spinnere. See spin, -er1
Related forms
underspinner, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At our opening match, spinner, the demon left-hander, was again in great form.

  • New Zealand Wools are very supple, which make them valuable to the spinner.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • To spin two skeins of linen thread was a good day's work; for it a spinner was paid eight cents a day and "her keep."

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • The female spider is the spinner, and her supply is about 150 yards.

    Wild Nature Won By Kindness Elizabeth Brightwen
  • The old masculine answering to spinster was spinner; but spinster has now no connection with it.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
British Dictionary definitions for spinner


a person or thing that spins
(informal) a spin doctor
  1. a ball that is bowled with a spinning motion
  2. a bowler who specializes in bowling such balls
a streamlined fairing that fits over and revolves with the hub of an aircraft propeller
a fishing lure with a fin or wing that revolves when drawn through the water
an angler's name for the mature adult form (imago) of various flies, especially the mayflies Compare dun2 (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for spinner

early 13c., "spider," agent noun from spin (v.). Meaning "person who spins textile thread" is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spinner in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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