- a person or thing that sinks.
- a person employed in sinking, as one who sinks shafts.
- a weight, as of lead, for sinking a fishing line or net below the surface of the water.
- Slang. a doughnut or, sometimes, a biscuit or muffin.
- Also called sinkerball. Baseball. a pitched ball that curves downward sharply as it reaches the plate.
Origin of sinker
Related Words for sinkerpressure, bun, pastry, counterpoise, stone, plumb, mass, counterbalance, rock, bob, anchor, ballast, sandbag, sinker, pendulum, poundage, counterweight, Danish, cruller, dunker
Examples from the Web for sinker
Contemporary Examples of sinker
Plus, Fox, for many years, drove the agenda that the other cable nets swallowed hook, line, and sinker.The Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Obamacare and Take Charge
November 14, 2013
Her hairdresser in Malibu filled her in, and after studying every episode she was “hooked, line and sinker,” and signed on.‘A Certain Age’—Shirley MacLaine Rattles Downton Abbey
December 27, 2012
And yet, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) took the bait hook, line, and sinker, posting about the outrageous story on his Facebook page.Fooled by ‘The Onion’: 9 Most Embarrassing Fails
November 27, 2012
He said his reason was sharks but really it was because MCD was a sinker.‘Bones’ Creator Hart Hanson on Working with Michael Clarke Duncan
September 4, 2012
Historical Examples of sinker
A pressure-gauge to register the depth of the sinker has been added by Sir William.Heroes of the Telegraph
Even I swallered that Development Company, hook, line, and sinker.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
I have arranged this sinker, which has a hole through it, so that the line will run freely.Tales of Fishes
An' I'll bet a sinker it'll beat that Bally Klavvy bizness if we do it well.Tramping with Tramps
No sinker or float is required, as the bait must be kept near the surface.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
James Alexander Henshall
1838 in the fishing-line sense, agent noun from sink (v.).
see hook, line, and sinker.