- a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
- a clerk, scribe, or the like.
- a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an expert letter writer.
- (in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.): The writer wishes to state….
- a person who writes or is able to write: a writer in script.
- Stock Exchange. someone who sells options.
- Scot. a lawyer or solicitor.
Origin of writer
Related Words for writercorrespondent, author, reporter, critic, columnist, poet, novelist, dramatist, journalist, editor, biographer, essayist, screenwriter, contributor, scribe, wordsmith, scribbler, stenographer, freelancer, stringer
Examples from the Web for writer
Contemporary Examples of writer
In his view, a writer has only one duty: to be present in his books.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Spencer, 27, is variously described as a writer and a stand-up comic.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age)
January 6, 2015
His father, a writer, and his mother, who worked in insurance, were flawless.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Can you imagine Superman being handed over to a writer just a notch above amateur?
From writer Gail Simone to artist Fiona Staples, there are incredible women already working in the industry.
Historical Examples of writer
The writer further says the metal was made from silver coins.
He gave the writer of the note sixpence and a barrel pen for his trouble.
There is no writer of to-day who will be read twenty years after he is dead.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Let us consider, again, how preference in a writer is established.The Man Shakespeare
But how had the writer of the ill-spelled missive known of that matter?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- 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
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.