Origin of spotter

First recorded in 1605–15; spot + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for spotter

Historical Examples of spotter

  • The spotter has to be the sort of man these ladies like, or else the Government will change his spots.


    Julian Street

  • The Yankee spotter was in the treasure house of Ranch Robin.

  • "Yes, you," said the spotter, scowling at the weak outlines of Croly's countenance.

  • Alfabet was the only species of lizard on the pay roll—he was the West End spotter.

    Held for Orders

    Frank H. Spearman

  • You may be a spotter, for all I know, but I don't care a hang.

    The Wreckers

    Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for spotter



  1. a person or thing that watches or observes
  2. (as modifier)a spotter plane
a person who makes a hobby of watching for and noting numbers or types of trains, buses, etca train spotter
military a person who orders or advises adjustment of fire on a target by observations
a person, esp one engaged in civil defence, who watches for enemy aircraft
US informal an employee assigned to spy on his colleagues in order to check on their honesty
  1. a person who checks against irregularities and inconsistencies
  2. a person who searches for new material, performers, etc
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