a person or thing that dives.
a person who makes a business of diving, as for pearl oysters or to examine sunken vessels.
British. a loon.
any of several other birds noted for their skill in diving.

Nearby words

  1. dive table,
  2. dive-bomb,
  3. dive-bomber,
  4. divehi,
  5. divemaster,
  6. diverbium,
  7. diverge,
  8. divergence,
  9. divergence insufficiency,
  10. divergency

Origin of diver

First recorded in 1500–10; dive + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for diver



a person or thing that dives
a person who works or explores underwater
Also called: loom any aquatic bird of the genus Gavia, family Gaviidae, and order Gaviiformes of northern oceans, having a straight pointed bill, small wings, and a long body: noted for swiftness and skill in swimming and divingUS and Canadian name: loon
any of various other diving birds
soccer slang a player who pretends to have been tripped or impeded by an opposing player in order to win a free kick or penalty
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Word Origin and History for diver



c.1500, agent noun from dive (v.).

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