sparker

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[ spahr-ker ]
/ ˈspɑr kər /

noun

something that produces sparks.
an apparatus used to test insulation on wires.

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Origin of sparker

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First recorded in 1860–65; spark1 + -er1

Definition for sparker (2 of 2)

sparker2
[ spahr-ker ]
/ ˈspɑr kər /

noun

a lover, swain, or beau.

Origin of sparker

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An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; spark2 + -er1
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Example sentences from the Web for sparker

  • I was speeding a little—about one city block every five minutes—on Thirteenth Street, when my sparker stopped sparking.

  • I stayed with the Sparker outfit six years, and then my father died.

    Sunny Slopes|Ethel Hueston
  • Someone with a powerful sending set had cut loose into the air with his sparker.

    On the Yukon Trail|Roy J. Snell