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From Middle English reknere, rekenere, by surface analysis, reckon +‎ -er. Cognate with Afrikaans rekenaar, Dutch Low Saxon rekener, German Rechner, Danish regner, Swedish räknare.



reckoner (plural reckoners)

  1. One who reckons.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter XLII, in Mansfield Park: [], volume I, London: [] T[homas] Egerton, [], →OCLC:
      “No. Not quite a month.—It is only four weeks to-morrow since I left Mansfield.”
      “You are a most accurate and honest reckoner. I should call that a month.”
    • 1959 [1901], “middle-aged”, in William Geddie, editor, Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary, revised edition, page 672:
      middle-aged (-ajd), between youth and old age, variously reckoned to suit the reckoner
    • 1970 July 25, Anthony Lewis, “The Charm of Mr. Buckley”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      Some experienced New York political reckoners think the real race, in the end, will be between Democrat Richard Ottinger and Mr. Buckley.
  2. (archaic) An accountant; one who computes or calculates.

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