[loo k-er]


a person who looks.
Informal. a very attractive person.

Origin of looker

1300–50; Middle English; 1900–05 for def 2; see look, -er1
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Contemporary Examples of looker

Historical Examples of looker

  • It is said that all martyrdoms seemed mean to the looker on.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • No wonder they want a 'looker' to take the taste of him out of their mouths.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Another general term for a herdsman was Looker, whence Luker.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • There was no objection to being supported in one's suspicion that, after all, one was a "looker."

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • I have often met him since as a looker on at shows, and we have occasionally corresponded.

    All About Dogs

    Charles Henry Lane

British Dictionary definitions for looker


noun informal

a person who looks
a very attractive person, esp a woman or girl
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Word Origin and History for looker

Old English locere "one engaged in looking," agent noun from look (v.). Meaning "one who watches over" is from c.1300; that of "one who has a certain appearance" is late 15c. Slang meaning "attractive woman" attested from 1893. Looker-in (1927) was an early word for "television viewer."

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