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From string +‎ -er (agent).



stringer (plural stringers)

  1. Someone who threads something; one who makes or provides strings, especially for bows.
    • 1545, Roger Ascham, Toxophilus
      Be content to put your trust in honest stringers.
  2. Someone who strings someone along.
  3. A horizontal timber that supports upright posts, or supports the hull of a vessel.
  4. The side rail supporting the rungs of a ladder or the steps of a flight of stairs.
  5. A small screw-hook to which piano strings are sometimes attached.
  6. (journalism) A freelance correspondent not on the regular newspaper staff, especially one retained on a part-time basis to report on events in a particular place.
    • 1991, Douglas Coupland, “Enter Hyperspace”, in Generation X, New York: St. Martin's Press, OCLC 22510632:
      And he told a few stories about time he had spent in New York in the 1950s as a stringer for the Asahi newspapers… about meeting Diana Vreeland and Truman Capote and Judy Holiday.
  7. (sports) A person who plays on a particular string.
  8. (surfing) Wooden strip running lengthwise down the centre of a surfboard, for strength.
  9. (baseball, slang, 1800s) A hard-hit ball.
  10. (fishing) A cord or chain, sometimes with additional loops, that is threaded through the mouth and gills of caught fish.
    • 1970, Field & Stream (volume 75, number 7, page 76)
      "Okay, that's a keeper," Harold said as he netted the 3-pounder and put him on a stringer over the side of the boat.
  11. A pallet or skid used when shipping less than truckload (LTL) freight. A platform typically constructed of timber or plastic designed such that freight may be stacked on top, able to be lifted by a forklift.
  12. (obsolete) A libertine; a wencher.
  13. (birdwatching) A person who deliberately states that a certain bird is present when it is not; one who knowingly misleads other birders about the occurrence of a bird, especially a rarity.
    • 1980, Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie's Little Black Bird Book, page 82:
      [T]hose fellows know how to spot a stringer at work.