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Origin of reckoner

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at reckon, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for reckoner

Historical Examples of reckoner

  • I'm no reckoner of time, that keeps its own score like an innkeeper, without my help.

    Montezuma's Daughter

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Grandmother was talkative, and she said: 'Go, Nastenka, into my bedroom and bring me my reckoner.'

British Dictionary definitions for reckoner


  1. any of various devices or tables used to facilitate reckoning, esp a ready reckoner
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Word Origin and History for reckoner

early 13c., agent noun from reckon. Especially "book of tables used in calculation," often known as a ready reckoner.

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