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  1. a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
  2. a clerk, scribe, or the like.
  3. a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an expert letter writer.
  4. (in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.): The writer wishes to state….
  5. a person who writes or is able to write: a writer in script.
  6. Stock Exchange. someone who sells options.
  7. Scot. a lawyer or solicitor.
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Origin of writer

before 900; Middle English, Old English wrītere. See write, -er1
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Related Words for writer

correspondent, author, reporter, critic, columnist, poet, novelist, dramatist, journalist, editor, biographer, essayist, screenwriter, contributor, scribe, wordsmith, scribbler, stenographer, freelancer, stringer

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British Dictionary definitions for writer


  1. a person who writes books, articles, etc, esp as an occupation
  2. the person who has written something specified
  3. a person who is able to write or write well
  4. a scribe or clerk
  5. a composer of music
  6. Scot a legal practitioner, such as a notary or solicitor
  7. 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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