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  1. a person or thing that drives.
  2. a person who drives a vehicle; coachman, chauffeur, etc.
  3. a person who drives an animal or animals, as a drover or cowboy.
  4. Also called number one wood. Golf. a club with a wooden head whose face has almost no slope, for hitting long, low drives from the tee.
  5. Machinery.
    1. a part that transmits force or motion.
    2. the member of a pair of connected pulleys, gears, etc., that is nearer to the power source.
  6. Computers. software or hardware that controls the interface between a computer and a peripheral device.
  7. Railroads. driving wheel(def 2).
  8. British. a locomotive engineer.
  9. Audio.
    1. the part of a loudspeaker that transforms the electrical signal into sound.
    2. the entire loudspeaker.
  10. Nautical.
    1. a jib-headed spanker sail.
    2. a designation given to one of the masts abaft the mizzen on a sailing vessel having more than three masts, either the fifth or sixth from forward.Compare pusher(def 4), spanker(def 1b).

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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Historical Examples of driver

  • The driver faced the bill toward the nearest street-light and scanned it.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He was a little ahead of them; but it was not probable that the driver would stop for him.

  • Between one and two in the morning our driver descended from his attic.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • We could not miss the way, our driver said, and woe betide us if we did!

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Presently the driver stopped, for it was time for the horses to rest, and also dinner-time.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

British Dictionary definitions for driver


  1. a person who drives a vehicle
  2. in the driver's seat in a position of control
  3. a person who drives animals
  4. a mechanical component that exerts a force on another to produce motion
  5. golf a club, a No. 1 wood, with a large head and deep face for tee shots
  6. electronics a circuit whose output provides the input of another circuit
  7. computing a computer program that controls a device
  8. something that creates and fuels activity, or gives force or impetus
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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