Origin of filler

First recorded in 1490–1500; fill + -er1


[fee-lair, fil-air]

noun, plural fil·lér.

an aluminum coin of Hungary, the 100th part of a forint.

Origin of fillér

1900–05; < Hungarian < Middle High German vierer type of coin, equivalent to vier four + -er -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for filler

Contemporary Examples of filler

Historical Examples of filler

  • The boiler is shown at A and the safety-valve and filler at L.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • This filler should be very thin and leave only a suggestion of gloss.


    Leon Luther Pray

  • "There's no lie, sir, about my having had a filler of pork," he replied.

  • The voice is a filler, in lieu of shortages of intellect and intuition.

    Child and Country

    Will Levington Comfort

  • The directions for applying the filler will be found on the can labels.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

British Dictionary definitions for filler



a person or thing that fills
an object or substance used to add weight or size to something or to fill in a gap
a paste, used for filling in cracks, holes, etc, in a surface before painting
architect a small joist inserted between and supported by two beams
  1. the inner portion of a cigar
  2. the cut tobacco for making cigarettes
journalism articles, photographs, etc, to fill space between more important articles in the layout of a newspaper or magazine
informal something, such as a musical selection, to fill time in a broadcast or stage presentation
a small radio or television transmitter used to fill a gap in coverage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for filler

late 15c., "one who fills," agent noun from fill (v.). Meaning "something used to fill" is from 1590s. Specifically of food products by 1901.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper