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[spot-er] /ˈspɒt ər/
a person employed to remove spots from clothing, especially at a dry-cleaning establishment.
(in civil defense) a civilian who watches for enemy airplanes.
Informal. a person employed to watch the activity and behavior of others, especially employees, as for evidence of dishonesty.
Military. an observer at a forward position who singles out targets for gunners.
a person or thing that spots.
(in small-arms practice firing) a small black disk attached to the target to make more prominent the places where a bullet has hit.
an assistant to a sportscaster who provides the names of the players chiefly involved in each play of a game, especially a football game.
Gymnastics, Tumbling. a person who is stationed in the most effective place to guard against an injury to a performer in the act of executing a maneuver.
Origin of spotter
First recorded in 1605-15; spot + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The spotter has to be the sort of man these ladies like, or else the Government will change his spots.


    Julian Street
  • The Yankee spotter was in the treasure house of Ranch Robin.

    Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia Author of "Old Broadbrim"
  • "Yes, you," said the spotter, scowling at the weak outlines of Croly's countenance.

  • Alfabet was the only species of lizard on the pay roll—he was the West End spotter.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • You may be a spotter, for all I know, but I don't care a hang.

    The Wreckers Francis Lynde
  • You had a spotter working this up, I suppose: who is he, and where is he?

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • And in the meantime, if things panned, Jimmy could be useful as a spotter.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • The tired-looking man on the street-car may, in fact, be a professional "spotter."

    Courts and Criminals Arthur Train
  • But when Croly approached the desk and reported forty-five the spotter pounced on him.

  • Pauduveris had been employed by the United Railroads as a “spotter.”

British Dictionary definitions for spotter


  1. a person or thing that watches or observes
  2. (as modifier): a spotter plane
a person who makes a hobby of watching for and noting numbers or types of trains, buses, etc: a train spotter
(military) a person who orders or advises adjustment of fire on a target by observations
a person, esp one engaged in civil defence, who watches for enemy aircraft
(US, informal) an employee assigned to spy on his colleagues in order to check on their honesty
  1. a person who checks against irregularities and inconsistencies
  2. a person who searches for new material, performers, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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