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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Contemporary Examples of driver

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



a person who drives a vehicle
in the driver's seat in a position of control
a person who drives animals
a mechanical component that exerts a force on another to produce motion
golf a club, a No. 1 wood, with a large head and deep face for tee shots
electronics a circuit whose output provides the input of another circuit
computing a computer program that controls a device
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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