- 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
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Examples from the Web for spinner
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What resembles a fishing lure dangles from his ear, a spinner bait designed to attract bass.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
Later that same day, Spinner implored the officials to “walk over there and force him to give you the answer.”
Spinner wrote in an Aug, 28, 2009 email to an Energy Department official.
"I don't really have time for a job," she said, describing her work for Spinner as more of a hobby.'Almost Famous' 2.0
March 12, 2010
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.Textiles
William H. Dooley
It is affixed to the side of the spinner, under the left arm.Romantic Ballads
- a person or thing that spins
- informal a spin doctor
- a ball that is bowled with a spinning motion
- 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper