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roomer

[roo-mer, roo m-er]
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noun
  1. a person who lives in a rented room; lodger.
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Origin of roomer

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; room + -er1
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for roomer

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  • The roomer, who had walked fast, stopped and took off his hat.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • If it's got to be someone, Sidney, I'd rather have it the roomer upstairs than Wilson.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The Pages' roomer was in love with Sidney whether he knew it or not.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I think, on the whole, I prefer to be a 'roomer' and 'eat out.'

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • He's about the highest payin' roomer I have and I did think he was permanent.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln


Word Origin and History for roomer

n.

"one who hires a room," 1871, agent noun from room (v.).

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