Definition for ringer (2 of 2)
- a racehorse, athlete, or the like entered in a competition under false representation as to identity or ability.
- a student paid by another to take an exam.
- any person or thing that is fraudulent; fake or impostor.
- a substitute or addition, as a professional musician hired to strengthen a school orchestra: We hired three ringers for the commencement concert.
Examples from the Web for ringer
The e-cigarette needs no additional evidence that it is a ringer.
More than a ringer, it is yet another manifestation of the American genius at finding loopholes.
The Italian judicial system has essentially been put through the ringer in this case, and has come out stained.
The CW moved Supernatural to Wednesdays, ordered five new shows, renewed Hart of Dixie, and canceled Secret Circle and Ringer.TV Upfronts 2012: NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and the CW Announce Schedules|Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez|May 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They had kind of a ringer girl come in and cause a disruption.
Panchito will be under suspicion of being a ringer and the payment of bets will be held up.The Pride of Palomar|Peter B. Kyne
But the "ringer" was not to be shaken off, and he in turn put on a burst of speed that carried him into the lead.Bert Wilson in the Rockies|J. W. Duffield
This is called a "ringer" and counts ten, but it is a rare shot.What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes|Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Finally, having killed a ringer, she was fed up and excused further flying.The Art and Practice of Hawking|Edward B. Michell
Such a ringer is shown in Fig. 81 and needs no further explanation.Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1|Kempster Miller
British Dictionary definitions for ringer
Word Origin and History for ringer
early 15c., "one who rings" (a bell), agent noun from ring (v.1). In quoits (and by extension, horseshoes) from 1863, from ring (v.2). Especially in be a dead ringer for "resemble closely," 1891, from ringer, a fast horse entered fraudulently in a race in place of a slow one (the verb to ring in this sense is attested from 1812), possibly from British ring in "substitute, exchange," via ring the changes, "substitute counterfeit money for good," a pun on ring the changes in the sense of play the regular series of variations in a peal of bells (1610s). Meaning "expert" is first recorded 1918, Australian slang, from earlier meaning "man who shears the most sheep per day" (1871).