a person or thing that spins.
Angling. a lure, as a spoon bait, that revolves in the water in trolling and casting.
Also called spinner play. Football. a play in which the player carrying the ball twirls about, to deceive the other team as to where the player intends to hit the line.
Aeronautics. a streamlined fairing over a propeller hub.
British Informal. nightjar.
Slang. a disc jockey.

Origin of spinner

First recorded in 1175–1225, spinner is from the Middle English word spinnere. See spin, -er1
Related formsun·der·spin·ner, noun
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Related Words for spinner

gyroscope, whirligig, gyrostat

Examples from the Web for spinner

Contemporary Examples of spinner

Historical Examples of spinner

  • For the American spinner the ring has undoubtedly many advantages.

  • It may be sold by the spinner to the weaver or it may be woven in the mill in which it is spun.

  • Spinner and spinster are the only pair of such words, which still survive.

    English Past and Present

    Richard Chevenix Trench

  • New Zealand Wools are very supple, which make them valuable to the spinner.


    William H. Dooley

  • It is affixed to the side of the spinner, under the left arm.

    Romantic Ballads

    George Borrow

British Dictionary definitions for spinner



a person or thing that spins
informal a spin doctor
  1. a ball that is bowled with a spinning motion
  2. a bowler who specializes in bowling such balls
a streamlined fairing that fits over and revolves with the hub of an aircraft propeller
a fishing lure with a fin or wing that revolves when drawn through the water
an angler's name for the mature adult form (imago) of various flies, especially the mayfliesCompare dun 2 (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for spinner

early 13c., "spider," agent noun from spin (v.). Meaning "person who spins textile thread" is from late 14c.

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