[ ley-ker ]
/ ˈleɪ kər /


a person associated with a lake, as a resident, visitor, or worker.
a ship designed for navigating on lakes, especially the Great Lakes.
a fish found in lakes or caught in a lake, especially the lake trout.
(initial capital letter) any one of the Lake Poets.

Nearby words

  1. lakehead,
  2. lakehurst,
  3. lakeland,
  4. lakeland terrier,
  5. lakeport,
  6. lakeshore,
  7. lakeside,
  8. lakeville,
  9. lakewood,
  10. lakh

Origin of laker

First recorded in 1790–1800; lake1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for laker


/ (ˈleɪkə) /


a cargo vessel used on lakes
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Word Origin and History for laker



used of people or things associated in various ways with a lake or lakes, including tourists to the English Lake country (1798); the poets (Wordsworth, etc.) who settled in that region (1814); boats on the North American Great Lakes (1887), and a person whose work is on lakes (1838); see lake (n.1). The U.S. professional basketball team began 1947 as the Minneapolis Lakers, where the name was appropriate; before the 1960-1 season it moved to Los Angeles, but the name was kept.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper