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[string-er] /ˈstrɪŋ ər/
a person or thing that strings.
a long horizontal timber connecting upright posts.
Architecture. string (def 15b).
Civil Engineering. a longitudinal bridge girder for supporting part of a deck or railroad track between bents or piers.
a longitudinal reinforcement in the fuselage or wing of an airplane.
Also called string correspondent. Journalism. a part-time newspaper correspondent covering a local area for a paper published elsewhere:
The Los Angeles paper has a correspondent in San Francisco but only a stringer in Seattle.
Compare staffer (def 2).
a stout string, rope, etc., strung through the gills and mouth of newly caught fish, so that they may be carried or put back in the water to keep them alive or fresh.
a contestant, player, or other person ranked according to skill or accomplishment (used in combination):
Most of the conductors at the opera house were third-stringers.
Mining. a small vein or seam of ore, coal, etc.
Origin of stringer
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at string, -er1
Related forms
restringer, noun Unabridged
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  • At any rate, stringer is after him, but he's got next to nothing to go upon.

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  • You, stringer, appear to think that Nurse Proctor is responsible.

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  • Sowerby stared hard, and stringer scratched his chin, reflectively.

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  • stringer emptied his glass of rum, and Sowerby disposed of his stout.

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  • "It's the rain that's doing it," said the man beside stringer.

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British Dictionary definitions for stringer


  1. a long horizontal beam that is used for structural purposes
  2. another name for stringboard
(nautical) a longitudinal structural brace for strengthening the hull of a vessel
a journalist retained by a newspaper or news service on a part-time basis to cover a particular town or area
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stringer

"newspaper correspondent paid by length of copy," 1950, probably from earlier figurative sense of "one who strings words together" (1774); agent noun from string (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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