a person who thinks, as in a specified way or manner: a slow thinker.
a person who has a well-developed faculty for thinking, as a philosopher, theorist, or scholar: the great thinkers.

Origin of thinker

First recorded in 1400–50, thinker is from the late Middle English word thenkare. See think1, -er1
Related formsnon·think·er, noun

Thinker, The


(French Le Penseur), a bronze statue (1879–89) by Rodin. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • People gave him credit for being a thinker much more than a painter.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • But to the mind of the thinker they are all one—latent in one another—developed out of one another.



  • No other thinker has ever dissected the human mind with equal patience and minuteness.



  • I think faithfully—and I take the liberty to call myself a thinker.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad