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grow +‎ -er



grower (plural growers)

  1. A farmer; one who grows things.
    He was an orange grower from Florida.
  2. Something that grows.
    These flowers are fast growers
    • 2015 February 7, Val Bourne, “The quiet man of the world of snowdrops”, in The Daily Telegraph (London), page G8:
      'The Bride' [a snowdrop variety], found in the early Seventies at Foxcote Farm near Cheltenham, was his first discovery. It's a poculiform (cup-shaped) G. elwesii with six pure white petals of the same length. Like many poculiforms [] it's not a strong grower.
  3. Someone or something, especially music, that becomes more likeable over time. [from 1990s]
    I didn't like the song at first, but it is a real grower.
    • 1994, Mr. S.R. Winterton, “Bedtime Stories - The Singles”, in[1] (Usenet):
      Sanctury[sic] - the least obvious single but what a grower. When I first heard this track I thought it was rather average. After playing the album several times, this was the one that kept coming into my head throughout the day.
    • 2001, Maximum Rock 'n' Roll, Issue 223[2]:
      [] assimilating some vaguely psych, folk-rock, and other influences into their own twang without losing sense of style and taste: a grower, not a shower (that's show-er, not shower).
  4. (slang) A man whose penis increases in size significantly when erect. [from 1990s]
    Antonym: shower
    • 1993, Barry Burns, “Muffin on Parade”, in soc.motss[3] (Usenet):
      As a man who can best be described as a "grower not a shower", I helped Brent realize that many people in the gay community are concerned in a very adolescent way with their dick size, including me.
    • 1994, jenster, “Penis Size and other Eternal Questions”, in seattle.general[4] (Usenet):
      "Growers" are guys whose penises tend to contract a lot lengthwise when flaccid, while "show-ers" are guys whose penises could be said to merely "deflate" without contracting much in length.
    • 2003, Austin Foxxe, Three the Hard Way: Tales of Three-way Sex Between Men[5]:
      His dick, if I remember correctly, is more of a shower than a grower []

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