[ poo sh-er ]
/ ˈpʊʃ ər /


a person or thing that pushes.
Slang. a peddler of illegal drugs.
Aeronautics. an airplane that is driven by pusher propellers.
Nautical. one of the masts abaft the mizzen on a sailing vessel having more than three masts, either the sixth or seventh from forward.Compare driver(def 10b), spanker(def 1b).
Railroads. a helper attached to the rear of a train, usually to provide extra power for climbing a steep grade.

Nearby words

  1. pushbutton,
  2. pushcard,
  3. pushcart,
  4. pushchair,
  5. pushed,
  6. pusher propeller,
  7. pushful,
  8. pushfully,
  9. pushing,
  10. pushingly

Origin of pusher

First recorded in 1585–95; push + -er1

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pusher

British Dictionary definitions for pusher


/ (ˈpʊʃə) /


informal a person who sells illegal drugs, esp narcotics such as heroin and morphine
informal an actively or aggressively ambitious person
  1. a type of aircraft propeller placed behind the engine
  2. a type of aircraft using such a propeller
a person or thing that pushes
British a rakelike implement used by small children to push food onto a spoon
Australian the usual name for pushchair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pusher



1590s in a literal sense, agent noun from push (v.). Meaning "peddler of illegal drugs" (1935 in prison slang) is from the verb in the "promote" sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper