View synonyms for canvasser


[ kan-vuhs-er ]


  1. a person who solicits votes, subscriptions, donations, opinions, or the like, especially by phone or door-to-door:

    Besides raising funds, canvassers also leave important information for residents regarding heart health.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of canvasser1

First recorded in 1595–1605, for an earlier sense; 1790–1800, for the current sense; canvass ( def ) + -er 1( def )

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Example Sentences

A canvasser will knock on their door and ask voters to sign the card.

He noted that the turnout promoting effect of a canvasser knocking on a door decays within ten days to be almost minimal.

I hit the streets of San Francisco with canvasser Cynthia Ford, who began collecting signatures for the group in March.

I needn't have taken the job of canvasser in the first place.

Then he saw that she was very young and modest, with none of the assurance of a canvasser, so he gave her a chance to speak.

He represents that vast army of electors whom neither canvasser nor caucus has ever yet cajoled or bullied into a polling-booth.

The relation of this subject to the book canvasser is extremely suggestive.

A fourth is a successful life-insurance canvasser, and has lately insured the lives of the other three.