Origin of ranker
adjective, rank·er, rank·est.
Origin of rank2
Synonyms for rank
Related Words for rankernoxious, putrid, musty, blatant, crass, status, division, family, level, hierarchy, slot, grade, reputation, stature, position, class, group, regard, list, rate
Examples from the Web for ranker
Historical Examples of ranker
As you all know, I am a ranker, and I received my commission for that business.Through Three Campaigns
G. A. Henty
Ranker, a commissioned officer in the army who has risen from the ranks.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
We also noticed that the vegetation was ranker and no doubt the soil was very rich.Death Valley in '49
William Lewis Manly
It was better to be a field-marshal among the "kids" than a ranker among his peers.Tell England
It is clear that the President saw in this punctilio about a humane act, whose "offense was ranker."The Lincoln Story Book
Henry L. Williams
Word Origin for rank
Word Origin for rank
early 14c., "row, line series;" c.1400, a row of an army, from Old French renc, ranc "row, line" (Modern French rang), from Frankish *hring or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German hring "circle, ring"), from Proto-Germanic *khrengaz "circle, ring" (see ring (n.1)).
Meaning "a social division, class of persons" is from early 15c. Meaning "high station in society" is from early 15c. Meaning "a relative position" is from c.1600.
Old English ranc "proud, overbearing, showy," from Proto-Germanic *rankaz (cf. Danish rank "right, upright," German rank "slender," Old Norse rakkr "straight, erect"), perhaps from PIE *reg- "to stretch, straighten" (see right (adj.)). In reference to plant growth, "vigorous, luxuriant, abundant, copious" it is recorded from c.1300. Related: Rankly; rankness.
Sense evolved in Middle English to "large and coarse" (c.1300), then, via notion of "excessive and unpleasant," to "corrupt, loathsome, foul" (mid-14c.), perhaps from influence of Middle French rance "rancid." In 17c. also "lewd, lustful."
Much used 16c. as a pejorative intensive (cf. rank folly). This is possibly the source of the verb meaning "to reveal another's guilt" (1929, underworld slang), and that of "to harass, abuse," 1934, U.S. black dialect, though this also may be from the role of the activity in establishing social hierarchy (from rank (n.)).
1570s, "arrange in lines;" 1590s, "put in order, classify; assign a rank to," from rank (n.). Related: Ranked; ranking.
In addition to the idiom beginning with rank
- rank and file
- break ranks
- close ranks
- pull rank
- rise through the ranks