[ strey-ner ]
/ ˈstreɪ nər /


a person or thing that strains.
a filter, sieve, or the like for straining liquids.
a stretcher or tightener.

Nearby words

  1. straightway,
  2. strain,
  3. strain fracture,
  4. strain gauge,
  5. strained,
  6. straining arch,
  7. straining piece,
  8. straining sill,
  9. strait,
  10. strait-jacket

Origin of strainer

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at strain1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strainer


/ (ˈstreɪnə) /


a sieve used for straining sauces, vegetables, tea, etc
a gauze or simple filter used to strain liquids
Australian and NZ a self-locking device or a tool for tightening fencing wire
Australian and NZ the main post in a wire fence, often diagonally braced
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Word Origin and History for strainer



early 14c., agent noun from strain (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper