Origin of informer
Related Words for informerannouncer, accuser, double-crosser, preacher, fink, stoolie, weasel, tattletale, herald, tattler, source, songbird, messenger, finger, rat, adviser, blabbermouth, sneak, betrayer, snake
Examples from the Web for informer
Contemporary Examples of informer
An inquiry headed by the Police Ombudsman, a sort of referee figure, came down against the informer allegation.Sinn Fein Boss Gerry Adams Wanted This Murder Bust
May 1, 2014
Other rabbis denounced the open condemnation of community pedophiles, labeling Rosenberg an “informer” against the Jewish people.Rebel Rabbi Exposes Child Molesters
January 27, 2014
He started as a KGB informer in the 1930s in London, while working as a London Times correspondent.Second ‘Underwear Bomber,’ Kim Philby, and Other Notorious Double Agents
The Daily Beast
May 10, 2012
He becomes an informer, setting up an arrest that will alter the lives of both his sister and Shireen.Iran’s Controversial New Lesbian Film
August 25, 2011
It was then that Vera Lengsfeld learned that that the Stasi informer code named “Donald” was her husband, Knud Wollenberger.The Spy in My Bed
October 2, 2010
Historical Examples of informer
Not for twenty times 20,000 francs would I have them know me as the informer.Night and Morning, Complete
I hold my pardon, and care not a maravedi for spy or informer.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
With mind relieved, he thanked the informer and prepared to leave the station.A Nest of Spies
Indeed, Thrasymachus, and do I really appear to you to argue like an informer?
And now cheat and play the informer if you can; I ask no quarter at your hands.
late 14c., enfourmer "instructor, teacher," native agent noun from inform and also from Old French enformeor. Meaning "one who gives information against another" (especially in reference to law-breaking) is c.1500.