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[in-tel-i-juh n-ser]
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  1. a person or thing that conveys information.
  2. an informer; spy.
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Origin of intelligencer

First recorded in 1570–80; intelligence + -er2
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Related Words for intelligencer

detective, investigator, agent, informer, mole, operative, lookout, sleuth, plant, patrol, snoop, observer, spook, watcher, scout, picket, emissary, spotter, sleeper, gofer

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Historical Examples of intelligencer

  • The Daily Intelligencer was gorged with letters from its readers on the subject of the grass.

    Greener Than You Think

    Ward Moore

  • "No such thing on the Intelligencer," Gootes informed me in a loud whisper.

  • Let me tell you, the Intelligencer is the evildoers' nemesis.

  • Barely, perhaps, and I should have to wire the Intelligencer for money to return.

  • Is a state newes-monger; and his owne genius is his intelligencer.

British Dictionary definitions for intelligencer


  1. archaic an informant or spy
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Word Origin and History for intelligencer


1580s, "spy, informant," agent noun from intelligence. Meaning "bringer of news" is from 1630s; as a newspaper name from 1640s.

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