- 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 ringer1
- a person or thing that rings or makes a ringing noise: a ringer of bells; a bell that is a loud ringer.
- dead ringer.
- 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.
Origin of ringer2
Related Words for ringersimulacrum, impersonator, reciprocal, angel, picture, clone, duplicate, companion, counterpart, twin, mate, replica, coordinate, portrait, copy, image, match, stand-in, lookalike
Examples from the Web for ringer
Contemporary Examples of 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.Amanda Knox Faces a New Murder Trial in Italy
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 29, 2013
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
They had kind of a ringer girl come in and cause a disruption.Jersey Shore's Screwed-Up Matches
October 21, 2011
Historical Examples of ringer
His ringer pointed to the last five words under the bar of music.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
If the ringer was late the prentice boys reminded him pretty plainly.The History of London
He knew that he had only to hold up his ringer and say, “Watch, Moses!”Our Frank
Let them study the words “ringer” , “linger” , and “ginger” .Assimilative Memory
Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Mrs. Stanton, but you are so confounded clever you might run in a "ringer."Kentucky in American Letters, v. 2 of 2
John Wilson Townsend
- a person or thing that rings a bell
- Also called: dead ringer slang a person or thing that is almost identical to another
- slang a stolen vehicle the identity of which has been changed by the use of the licence plate, serial number, etc, of another, usually disused, vehicle
- US a contestant, esp a horse, entered in a competition under false representations of identity, record, or ability
- Australian and NZ the fastest shearer in a shed
- Australian informal the fastest or best at anything
- a quoit thrown so as to encircle a peg
- such a throw
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).