drag·​ster ˈdrag-stər How to pronounce dragster (audio)
: a vehicle built or modified for use in a drag race
: one who participates in a drag race

Examples of dragster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fans will have the chance to experience the speed one final time as the world’s best dragsters take on the Arizona Nationals and look to cement their name in history. Cole Cusumano, The Arizona Republic, 22 Mar. 2023 That, as Car and Driver points out, would be a Top Fuel dragster, which can hit 60 mph in about 0.4 seconds. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2023 Al Zukauskas was killed when his jet dragster crashed on the track during a race at Quaker City Motorsports Park, 21-WFMJ reported. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 24 July 2023 Yeah, the new incarnation for the top thrill dragster is wait for it. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2023 But instead of transporting their dragsters on trailers, the racers drive the vehicles — which must be street-legal — from venue to venue. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2023 The three-time world champion’s path to victory was a non-stop dogfight between some of the most legendary dragsters in NHRA history. Cole Cusumano, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2023 The street-legal dragster takes its name from the 170-proof ethanol E85 that's required to unleash its 1025 horsepower and 945 pound-feet of torque. Car and Driver, 20 Mar. 2023 All of the rest of the dragster classes went to rear engines, even the little-bitty junior ones [laughs]. Jim Clash, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dragster was circa 1954

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“Dragster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragster. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


drag·​ster ˈdrag-stər How to pronounce dragster (audio)
: a vehicle (as an automobile) made for drag racing
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