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sinker

[ sing-ker ]
/ ˈsɪŋ kər /
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noun

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 fastball that curves downward sharply as it reaches the plate.

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Origin of sinker

First recorded in 1520–30; 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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British Dictionary definitions for sinker

sinker
/ (ˈsɪŋkə) /

noun

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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Idioms and Phrases with sinker

sinker

see hook, line, and sinker.

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