thinker

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English[edit]

The Thinker, Rodin

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English thinkere, equivalent to think +‎ -er. Compare West Frisian tinker (thinker), Dutch denker (thinker), German Denker (thinker), Danish tænker (thinker), Swedish tänkare (thinker).

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thinker (plural thinkers)

  1. One who spends time thinking, contemplating or meditating.
  2. An intellectual, such as a philosopher or theologian.
  3. (slang) The brain, mind. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. (slang) A poser; a conundrum that requires some thinking.
    • 1997, "How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying" (King of the Hill TV series, season 2 episode 1)
      HANK: The NRA is a Washington D.C. based organization. Are you telling me you support Washington D.C.?
      DALE: That's a thinker.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "thinker": creative, deep, critical, great, strategic, original, political, clear, social, brilliant, logical, liberal, conservative, influential, lateral, radical, religious, profound, abstract.

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