[ sing-ker ]
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  1. a person or thing that sinks.

  2. a person employed in sinking, as one who sinks shafts.

  1. a weight, as of lead, for sinking a fishing line or net below the surface of the water.

  2. Slang. a doughnut or, sometimes, a biscuit or muffin.

  3. Also called sinkerball .Baseball. a fastball that curves downward sharply as it reaches the plate.

Origin of sinker

First recorded in1520–30; 1870–75 in the sense “doughnut“; 1930–35 in the baseball sense; sink + -er1

Other words from sinker

  • sink·er·less, adjective

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How to use sinker in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sinker


/ (ˈsɪŋkə) /

  1. a weight attached to a fishing line, net, etc, to cause it to sink in water

  2. a person who sinks shafts, etc

  1. US an informal word for doughnut

  2. hook, line, and sinker See hook (def. 18)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with sinker


see hook, line, and sinker.

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