distancer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

distance +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

distancer (plural distancers)

  1. (psychology) A person who tends to maintain emotional distance and detachment
    • 1990, Susan H. McDaniel et al., Family-Oriented Primary Care[1], ISBN 0387970568, page 171:
      Pursuers are more likely than distancers to seek help from a professional, such as a physician.
  2. A means for establishing distance
    • 2008 December 14, Ben Ratliff, “Critic's Choice: New CDs”:
      The band’s third album, “When the World Comes Down,” isn’t striking obscure poses, inventing slang or playing with the audience through distancers like tension and distortion.
  3. (dated) A long-distance runner
    • 1921 August 22, “Paulist Distancer Triumphs in Two-Mile Race”, page 16:
      Phillips was one of a field of a dozen distancers who started in the twomile handicap run which featured the games of the Friend's of Irish Freedom at Ulmer Park, Brooklyn.

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (emotionally distant person): pursuer

Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

distancer c

  1. plural indefinite of distance

Verb[edit]

distancer or distancér

  1. Imperative of distancere.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English distance +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

distancer

  1. (transitive) to distance, outdistance

Conjugation[edit]

  • This verb is part of a group of -er verbs for which ‘c’ is softened to a ‘ç’ before the vowels ‘a’ and ‘o’.

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