[ sing-ker ]
/ ˈsɪŋ kər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. sink in,
  2. sink one's teeth into,
  3. sink or swim,
  4. sink through the floor,
  5. sinkage,
  6. sinkerball,
  7. sinkhole,
  8. sinkiang-uighur autonomous region,
  9. sinking,
  10. sinking feeling, a

Origin of sinker

1520–30; 1920–25 for def 4; 1925–30 for def 5; sink + -er1

Related formssink·er·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sinker


/ (ˈsɪŋkə) /


a weight attached to a fishing line, net, etc, to cause it to sink in water
a person who sinks shafts, etc
US an informal word for doughnut
hook, line, and sinker See hook (def. 18)
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Word Origin and History for sinker



1838 in the fishing-line sense, agent noun from sink (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sinker


see hook, line, and sinker.

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