gainer

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English[edit]

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From gain +‎ -er. Compare German Gegner (opponent, adversary).

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gainer (plural gainers)

  1. One who gains a profit or advantage.
    • 1892, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Noble Bachelor”, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2011:
      … it is obvious that the Californian heiress is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a British peeress.
    • M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated by Mahadev Desai, Part I, chapter xvi[2]:
      I kept account of every farthing I spent, and my expenses were carefully calculated. Every little item such as omnibus fares or postage or a couple of coppers spent on newspapers, would be entered, and the balance struck every evening before going to bed. That habit has stayed with me ever since, and I know that as a result, though I have had to handle public funds amounting to lakhs, I have succeeded in exercising strict economy in their disbursement, and instead of outstanding debts have had invariably a surplus balance in respect of all the movements I have led. Let every youth take a leaf out of my book and make it a point to account for everything that comes into and goes out of his pocket, and like me he is sure to be a gainer in the end.
  2. One who puts on weight.
  3. (sports, slang) A diving or gymnastics maneuver, from a high diving board or platform, involving a simultaneous inversion and rotation.

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  • OED2

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gaine.

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gainer

  1. to cover, sheathe

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