[ fik-ser ]
/ ˈfɪk sər /


a person or thing that fixes.
Informal. a person who arranges matters in advance through bribery or influence.
Informal. fixer-upper(def 2).
Photography. fixative(def 3).
Slang. a person who sells narcotics to addicts.

Nearby words

  1. fixed-point representation,
  2. fixed-rate mortgage,
  3. fixed-rate pacemaker,
  4. fixed-wing,
  5. fixedly,
  6. fixer-upper,
  7. fixie,
  8. fixing,
  9. fixings,
  10. fixity

Origin of fixer

First recorded in 1840–50; fix + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fixer

British Dictionary definitions for fixer


/ (ˈfɪksə) /


a person or thing that fixes
photog a solution containing one or more chemical compounds that is used, in fixing, to dissolve unexposed silver halides. It sometimes has an additive to stop the action of developer
slang a person who makes arrangements, esp by underhand or illegal means
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 fixer



1849, of chemicals, etc.; 1885 as a person who "makes things right;" agent noun from fix (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper