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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”).
thinker (plural thinkers)
- One who spends time thinking, contemplating or meditating.
- An intellectual, such as a philosopher or theologian.
- The brain, mind
- Adjectives often applied to "thinker": creative, deep, critical, great, strategic, original, political, clear, social, brilliant, logical, liberal, conservative, influential, lateral, radical, religious, profound, abstract.
one who spends time thinking