[ tuhn-er ]

  1. something having a specified weight in tons (used in combination): The sailboat was a twelve-tonner.

Origin of tonner

1850–55; in parasynthetic compounds formed from ton1 and a quantifier; see -er1

Words Nearby tonner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use tonner in a sentence

  • They went inside swiftly and in a very few minutes prepared the thousand-tonner for blastoff.

    Equation of Doom | Gerald Vance
  • It'ud take a ten-thousand tonner with fathoms to spare right away up to the mooring berth.

    The Man in the Twilight | Ridgwell Cullum
  • That second winter he set to and built a ten-tonner all by hisself—that is, t' hull.

    Labrador Days | Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • I should say about a thirty-tonner that would carry four comfortably would be the sort of thing.

    Dorothy's Double | G. A. Henty
  • Nothing remained but to choose our particular 90 tonner with a good character.

    A Floating Home | Cyril Ionides