ringer

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[ ring-er ]
/ ˈrɪŋ ər /

noun

a person or thing that encircles, rings, etc.
a quoit or horseshoe so thrown as to encircle the peg.
the throw itself.
Also ring·ers. Also called ring taw. Marbles. a game in which players place marbles in a cross marked in the center of a circle, the object being to knock as many marbles as possible outside the circle by using another marble shooter.
Australian. a highly skilled sheep shearer.

Origin of ringer

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First recorded in 1815–25; ring1 + -er1

Definition for ringer (2 of 2)

ringer2
[ ring-er ]
/ ˈrɪŋ ər /

noun

a person or thing that rings or makes a ringing noise: a ringer of bells; a bell that is a loud ringer.
Slang.
  1. a racehorse, athlete, or the like entered in a competition under false representation as to identity or ability.
  2. a student paid by another to take an exam.
  3. any person or thing that is fraudulent; fake or impostor.
  4. a substitute or addition, as a professional musician hired to strengthen a school orchestra: We hired three ringers for the commencement concert.

Origin of ringer

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late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at ring2, -er1
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ringer
/ (ˈrɪŋə) /

noun

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