- 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.
Origin of pusher
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Examples from the Web for pusher
Now, she stars in the first big film of her career, Pusher, out Friday, and produced by Nicolas Winding Refn (director of Drive).
After that, she says, she and Winding Refn plan to team up for a sequel to Pusher—but this time, the story will center around Flo.
His name should be "Pusher," "Advance Man," or something of that sort, and not artist.Adventures in the Arts
The girl, who had paused when he did, leaned on the pusher of her go-cart, studying him calmly.The Dust Flower
At the rear the "pusher off" half reclined, graceful and nonchalant.The Adventures of Bobby Orde
Stewart Edward White
As a rule, all that a "pusher" or distributor can tell is where he got the bad money.The Barrel Mystery
William J. (William James) Flynn
Barry, the "pusher" (under foreman), waved his outstretched hand.The Walking Delegate
- informal a person who sells illegal drugs, esp narcotics such as heroin and morphine
- informal an actively or aggressively ambitious person
- a type of aircraft propeller placed behind the engine
- 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
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