- a person or thing that follows.
- a person who follows another in regard to his or her ideas or belief; disciple or adherent.
- a person who imitates, copies, or takes as a model or ideal: He was little more than a follower of current modes.
- an attendant, servant, or retainer.
- a person who follows or subscribes to another's posts on a social media website: He spent hours figuring out how to get more followers on Twitter.
- British Informal. a boyfriend or suitor, especially of a maidservant.
- Machinery. a part receiving motion from or following the movements of another part, especially a cam.
- Engineering, Building Trades. a concrete form attached to the head of a timber pile to permit casting of a concrete cap or pier.
Origin of follower
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsdevotee, adherent, participant, patron, advocate, believer, disciple, member, client, fan, backer, admirer, worshiper, supporter, freak, stooge, helper, minion, sectary, toady
Examples from the Web for follower
When I started writing this book, I noticed that I had a new Twitter follower by the name of Lonnie Konkel.Your Fake Followers Are Catfishing You: Bacon Mavens, Newt’s Fake Fans, and Other Social Media Scams
July 3, 2014
Al-Zarqawi believed in the importance of purging apostates – something his follower clearly endorses.Why ISIS Won’t Take Baghdad
June 28, 2014
In early 2011, Russia warned the U.S. that Tsarnaev, who grew up in the region, was a follower of radical Islam.Why?
April 22, 2013
At other times, he spoke of emulating the settler movement, of which he was a follower in his youth.Meet The Israeli Left's New Ideas Factory
April 18, 2013
In July, 2012, he awarded a house to his three-millionth Twitter follower.Hugo Chavez: Great Timing, Awful Leadership
March 9, 2013
A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get.The Devil's Dictionary
No man lives in freedom anywhere on earth who is not his debtor and his follower.Latin America and the United States
It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He is their leader and not their follower, but in order to lead he must also follow.Gorgias
And paradise is for her who makes a follower of Moosa into a follower of Mohammed.The Scapegoat
- a person who accepts the teachings of another; disciple; adherenta follower of Marx
- an attendant or henchman
- an enthusiast or supporter, as of a sport or team
- (esp formerly) a male admirer
- rare a pursuer
- a machine part that derives its motion by following the motion of another part
Word Origin and History for follower
Old English folgere "retainer, servant, disciple; successor," agent noun from follow. Related: Followers.