[ bak-er ]
See synonyms for backer on
  1. a person who supports or aids a person, cause, enterprise, etc.

  2. a person who bets on a competitor in a race or contest.

  1. canvas or other material used for backing.

Origin of backer

First recorded in 1535–45; back1 + -er1

Other words for backer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use backer in a sentence

  • The rewards given to famous gladiators by their masters and backers took the form of valuable prizes and gifts of money.

    The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • She is really one of the true women living, and the heartiest of backers, if she can be taught to see her course.

  • The mule had its backers, too; it was the gentler animal, they contended in sustainment of their preference.

  • The point, however, was, that the pockets of his backers had seriously felt his latest fight.

  • It sympathized on the side of his backers too much to do more than nod a short approval of his fortitude.

British Dictionary definitions for backer


/ (ˈbækə) /

  1. a person who gives financial or other support

  2. a person who bets on a competitor or contestant

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