a person, animal, or thing that races or takes part in a race, as a racehorse, bicycle, yacht, etc.
anything having great speed.
a turntable on which a heavy gun is turned.
any of several slender, active snakes of the genera Coluber and Masticophis.

Origin of racer

First recorded in 1640–50; race1 + -er1
Related formsmin·i·rac·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for racer

Contemporary Examples of racer

Historical Examples of racer

  • The tortoise in the right road will beat a racer in the wrong.


    Samuel Smiles

  • The Blanchita is a light craft, and skims over the water like a racer.

  • He instantly ordered the Racer to be got under weigh to go in search of them.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Each time he essayed it, the other racer swerved in front and cut off the road.

    From the Car Behind

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • Kingdon could drive the car home and Hebler could run the racer.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

British Dictionary definitions for racer



a person, animal, or machine that races
a turntable used to traverse a heavy gun
any of several long slender nonvenomous North American snakes of the colubrid genus Coluber and related genera, such as C. lateralis (striped racer)
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Word Origin and History for racer

1640s of persons; 1793 of vehicles, agent noun from race (v.).

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