a vessel propelled by a sail or sails.
a vessel with reference to its powers or manner of sailing: The schooner was judged a good sailer.

Origin of sailer

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sail, -er1
Can be confusedsailer sailor (see synonym study at sailor)


[sey-ler; German zahy-ler]


An·ton [ahn-tohn] /ˈɑn toʊn/, Toni, 1935–2009, Austrian skier. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sailer

Contemporary Examples of sailer

Historical Examples of sailer

  • I couldn't risk being followed to the wreck of the sailer, so I took her with me.

    The Winds of Time

    James H. Schmitz

  • My idea is, to send out the Sparrow-Hawk, being so fast a sailer.

    The Privateersman

    Frederick Marryat

  • My idea is, to sent out the Sparrow-Hawk, being so fast a sailer.

    The Privateer's-Man

    Frederick Marryat

  • I never look in a sermon-book by anybody else, not even at the sermons of Sailer.'

    Historic Oddities

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • The sailer did not take any notice of us, just as if our existence had nothing to do with him.

British Dictionary definitions for sailer



a vessel, esp one equipped with sails, with specified sailing characteristicsa good sailer
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