[ kroo-zer ]
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  1. a person or thing that cruises.

  2. one of a class of warships of medium tonnage, designed for high speed and long cruising radius.

  1. a vessel, especially a power-driven one, intended for cruising.

  2. Also called timber cruiser. a person who estimates the value of the timber in a tract of forest.

  3. Slang. a prostitute who walks the street soliciting customers.

Origin of cruiser

1670–80; <Dutch kruiser, equivalent to kruis(en) to cruise + -er-er1

Words Nearby cruiser Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for cruiser


/ (ˈkruːzə) /

  1. a high-speed, long-range warship of medium displacement, armed with medium calibre weapons or missiles

  2. Also called: cabin cruiser a pleasure boat, esp one that is power-driven and has a cabin

  1. any person or thing that cruises

  2. boxing cruiserweight: See light heavyweight

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