[ dree-mer ]
/ ˈdri mər /


a person who dreams.
a person who lives in a world of fantasy; one who is impractical and unrealistic.
a person whose ideas or projects are considered audacious or highly speculative; visionary.

Nearby words

  1. dream ticket,
  2. dream up,
  3. dream vision,
  4. dream world,
  5. dreamboat,
  6. dreamily,
  7. dreamland,
  8. dreamless,
  9. dreamlessly,
  10. dreamlike

Origin of dreamer

1250–1300; Middle English. See dream, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for dreamer


/ (ˈdriːmə) /


a person who dreams habitually
a person who lives in or escapes to a world of fantasy or illusion; escapist
archaic a prophet; visionary
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Word Origin and History for dreamer



c.1300, "one who dreams," agent noun from dream (v.). Meaning "idler, daydreamer" emerged by 1530s. Old English dreamere meant "musician."

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