an automobile designed and built specifically for drag racing, especially on a ¼-mi. (402-meter) or ⅛-mi. (201-meter) drag strip.
a person who races such an automobile.

Origin of dragster

First recorded in 1945–50; drag + -ster
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a car specially built or modified for drag racing
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Word Origin and History for dragster

1954, from drag (n.) in the racing sense + -ster, perhaps abstracted from roadster.

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