[ drahy-ver ]
/ ˈdraɪ vər /


Origin of driver

First recorded in 1350–1400, driver is from the Middle English word drivere. See drive, -er1
Related formsdriv·er·less, adjectivenon·driv·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for driver


/ (ˈdraɪvə) /


Derived Formsdriverless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for driver



"one who drives" in various senses, c.1400; agent noun from drive (v.). Slavery sense is attested by 1796. Driver's seat is attested by 1867; figurative use by 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with driver


see backseat driver; in the driver's seat.

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