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From birth +‎ -er.



birther ‎(plural birthers)

  1. One who gives birth.
    • 1951, Erico Verissimo, Time and the Wind[1], volume 2, page 583:
      [] she couldn't be an "easy birther."
    • 1998, January 22[2], Paper Disputes Claims of Oldest Brit to Deliver, page C2:
      Liz Buttle, Britain's oldest birther, lied about not taking fertility drugs and didn't conceive her 2-month-old boy in the usual way as she insisted.
  2. (slang, pejorative, US politics) A believer that President Barack Obama is not a "natural born" citizen of the United States, and therefore ineligible for the presidency.
    • 2008, December 8, “Jay Bookman”[3], 'Shut up about the birth certificate':
      I confess I do have some sympathy for the "birthers," though. As an outsider, it's hard to distinguish between the zany arguments that get official approval by the conservative establishment --- things like Bill Ayers, Michelle Obama's infamous "whitey" tape, the claim that Obama is a closet Marxist --- and those arguments that are considered beyond the pale.
    • 2009 August 7, Paul Krugman, “The Town Hall Mob”[4], New York Times:
      Senator Dick Durbin has suggested that the birthers and the health care protesters are one and the same; we don’t know how many of the protesters are birthers, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it’s a substantial fraction.
    • 2010, September 29, “Mark Benjamin”[5], What Islamophobia really threatens:
      Earlier this month, columnist and birther Frank Gaffney, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, and others held a news conference on Capitol Hill to release a report on Muslim religious law entitled "Shariah: The Threat to America."

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