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The Thinker, Rodin


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)

  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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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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