From Middle English synnere, seneȝere, from Old English *synġere, *synnere, from Proto-Germanic *sundārijaz (“sinner”), equivalent to sin + -er. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Säänder (“sinner”), West Frisian sûnder (“sinner”), Dutch zondaar (“sinner”), German Low German Sünder, Sünner (“sinner”), German Sünder (“sinner”), Danish synder (“sinner”), Swedish syndare (“sinner”), Icelandic syndari (“sinner”).
sinner (plural sinners)
- A person who sins or has sinned.
- A person who sins or has sinned by the action or identity indicated or previously mentioned
- 2016, Janet Edmonds, The Bible Doesn’t Say That Homosexuality is a Sin:
- Some Christians believe the Bible tells us that homosexuals are sinners. The current trend of increased acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community is distressing to these Christians who sincerely want to follow the Bible..
- (theology) An unregenerate person.
- (figuratively, by extension) A person with negative qualities; one who does bad things.
- Are you a sinner or a saint?
- fasiq (one who has sinned by violating Islamic law)