Origin of writer

before 900; Middle English, Old English wrītere. See write, -er1
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a person who writes books, articles, etc, esp as an occupation
the person who has written something specified
a person who is able to write or write well
a scribe or clerk
a composer of music
Scot a legal practitioner, such as a notary or solicitor
Writer to the Signet (in Scotland) a member of an ancient society of solicitors, now having the exclusive privilege of preparing crown writs
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Word Origin and History for writer

Old English writere "one who can write, clerk; one who produces books or literary compositions," agent noun from writan (see write (v.)). Meaning "sign-painter" is from 1837. Writer's cramp attested by 1853; writer's block by 1950.

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