follower

[ fol-oh-er ]
/ ˈfɒl oʊ ər /

noun


Nearby words

  1. follow up,
  2. follow-my-leader,
  3. follow-on,
  4. follow-through,
  5. follow-up,
  6. followership,
  7. following,
  8. following bougie,
  9. followship,
  10. folly

Origin of follower

before 900; Middle English folwer, Old English folgere. See follow, -er1

Synonym study

2. Follower, adherent, partisan refer to someone who demonstrates allegiance to a person, a doctrine, a cause, and the like. Follower often has an implication of personal relationship or of slavish acquiescence. Adherent, a more formal word, has implications of active championship of a person or a point of view. Partisan, ordinarily meaning a person prejudiced and unreasoning in adherence to a party, during World War II took on the meaning of a member of certain groups in occupied countries of Europe who carried on underground resistance to the Nazis.

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British Dictionary definitions for follower

follower

/ (ˈfɒləʊə) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for follower

follower

n.

Old English folgere "retainer, servant, disciple; successor," agent noun from follow. Related: Followers.

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