a person or thing that gains.

Origin of gainer

First recorded in 1530–40; gain1 + -er1
Related formspre·gain·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gainer

plunge, cannonball, jackknife

Examples from the Web for gainer

Historical Examples of gainer

  • Yet in the main she felt that she should account herself the gainer.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • What signified it that I was poor and ragged—unknown, unrecognized—if she were to be the gainer?

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Allow me to remember what I have read; perhaps you may be the gainer.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • However, she had given him her massive shoulders, so that he was in some sense a gainer by her after all.

  • He was even not quite sure whether he should not be a gainer by it on the whole.

    The Crofton Boys

    Harriet Martineau

British Dictionary definitions for gainer



a person or thing that gains
Also called: full gainer a type of dive in which the diver leaves the board facing forward and completes a full backward somersault to enter the water feet first with his back to the diving boardCompare half gainer
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