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Friday, June 02, 2017

Definitions for sinker

  1. Slang. a doughnut or, sometimes, a biscuit or muffin.
  2. a person or thing that sinks.
  3. a person employed in sinking, as one who sinks shafts.

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Citations for sinker
"Coffee, a sinker, and some information," I said, sitting down at the counter. Stuart M. Kaminsky, Think Fast, Mr. Peters, 1987
Phil harvey chewed slowly on a sinker, dipping it into his coffee, and watched the block through the window while the crazy Captain waited for service at the counter. Lee Lamothe, Free Form Jazz, 2010
Origin of sinker
Sinker is an obsolete Americanism for doughnut. Its facetious etymology was that if a sinker were thrown overboard, it wouldn’t float, it would sink. The word entered English in the 19th century.