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noun Informal.
  1. a person who has chronic lung disease, especially tuberculosis.
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Origin of lunger1

First recorded in 1890–95; lung + -er1


  1. a person or thing that lunges.
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Origin of lunger2

First recorded in 1835–45; lunge1 + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for lunger

Historical Examples

  • He suppressed a little hacking cough that told its own story; he was a “lunger.”


    Jacob A. Riis

  • "You don't look like a lunger," said Barrows, eying her critically.

    Sunny Slopes

    Ethel Hueston

  • Ma'am, I'm sorry for you, but I wouldn't really have picked you out for a lunger.

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough

  • The lunger in turn tries to make the hopper put down his second foot or unfold arms.

  • It's a lunger bound for the lakes, and some one gave him a twist as to the track an' we caught 'im.

    Joyce of the North Woods

    Harriet T. Comstock