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  1. a person or thing that fills: a filler for pies; a filler of orders.
  2. a thing or substance used to fill a gap, cavity, or the like.
  3. a substance used to fill cracks, pores, etc., in a surface before painting or varnishing.
  4. a liquid, paste, or the like used to coat a surface or to give solidity, bulk, etc., to a substance, as paper or a chemical powder.
  5. Journalism. material, considered of secondary importance, used to fill out a column or page.
  6. an implement used in filling, as a funnel.
  7. cotton, down, or other material used to stuff or pad an object, as a quilt or cloth toy.
  8. material placed between the insole and the exterior sole of a shoe.
  9. Linguistics. (especially in tagmemics) one of a class of items that can fit into a given slot in a construction.
  10. Building Trades. a plate, slab, block, etc., inserted between two parallel members to connect them.
  11. the tobacco forming the body of a cigar.
  12. metal in the form of a rod or wire, used in brazing, welding, and soldering.

Origin of filler

First recorded in 1490–1500; fill + -er1


[fee-lair, fil-air]
noun, plural fil·lér.
  1. 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. 2018

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


  1. a person or thing that fills
  2. an object or substance used to add weight or size to something or to fill in a gap
  3. a paste, used for filling in cracks, holes, etc, in a surface before painting
  4. 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
  5. journalism articles, photographs, etc, to fill space between more important articles in the layout of a newspaper or magazine
  6. informal something, such as a musical selection, to fill time in a broadcast or stage presentation
  7. 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