a person or thing that drops.
a glass tube with a hollow rubber bulb at one end and a small opening at the other, for drawing in a liquid and expelling it in drops; medicine dropper.
a short-haired dog that is a cross between a pointer and a setter.

Origin of dropper

First recorded in 1690–1700; drop + -er1
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Examples from the Web for dropper

Historical Examples of dropper

  • Be sure to procure a dropper that has the point turned at right angles to the body.

  • I saw its head as it rose for my dropper, struck, and hooked the fish.

    Fishing With The Fly

    Charles F. Orvis and Others

  • Put on a dropper of some kind, say a caperer, as a second chance.

    Prose Idylls

    Charles Kingsley

  • With a dropper he sucked up a bit of the liquid from the test-tube.

    The Social Gangster

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • "Take them off and shake 'em," suggested the dropper of the gum.

    Stage Confidences

    Clara Morris

British Dictionary definitions for dropper



a small tube having a rubber bulb at one end for drawing up and dispensing drops of liquid
a person or thing that drops
angling a short length of monofilament by which a fly is attached to the main trace or leader above the tail fly
Australian and NZ a batten attached to the top wire of a fence to keep the wires apart
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Word Origin and History for dropper

1700, "distiller," agent noun from drop (v.). Meaning "small tube from which liquid may be made to fall in drops" is from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dropper in Medicine




A device that produces drops, especially a small tube with a suction bulb at one end for drawing in a liquid and releasing it in drops.instillator
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