drag·​ster | \ˈdrag-stər \

Definition of dragster 

1 : a vehicle built or modified for use in a drag race

2 : one who participates in a drag race

Examples of dragster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The dragster-style car measures 13.5 meters (44 feet) in length and weighs 7.5 tons. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Rocket car won’t break 1,000 miles per hour unless company raises $33 million," 15 Oct. 2018 Moments before, Holbrook had driven a rattling red dragster 183.9 miles per hour across the transfixing moonscape of the Bonneville Salt Flats…with a bicycle trailing directly behind. Jason Gay, WSJ, "She Just Rode 184 MPH on a Bicycle. Really.," 17 Sep. 2018 In wrecking what Brittany Force described as a dream car in the season opener at Pomona, John Force Racing debuted another Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster this weekend at Royal Purple Raceway. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Brittany Force crowned champion at 31st annual NHRA Spring Nationals," 22 Apr. 2018 McEwen, 81, who raced Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars, died Monday according to a story on NHRA.com. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Legendary drag racer Tom 'The Mongoose' McEwen dies at 81," 11 June 2018 Caldwell himself manned a radio post on Candlestick Hill as the dragsters gathered below just after midnight. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "A look at the past: Cesar Chavez funeral draws 35,000," 25 Apr. 2018 Pritchett piloted her Mopar Dodge dragster to a track-record pass of 3.680 seconds at a speed of 326.00 mph. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Leah Pritchett holds No. 1 Top Fuel spot as qualifying concludes at Spring Nationals," 21 Apr. 2018 Faster than a hot-rodder can shift into high gear, there were four paddy wagons, five radio cars and four tactical squads — 40 men altogether — converging on the dragsters. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "A look at the past: Cesar Chavez funeral draws 35,000," 25 Apr. 2018 Being a spectator in watching 10,000-horsepower nitro-burning dragsters going down a track at fast speeds wasn't for Crampton. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Richie Crampton flourishing with new racing team ahead of SpringNationals in Baytown," 19 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dragster.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dragster

circa 1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dragster

Statistics for dragster

Last Updated

16 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dragster

The first known use of dragster was circa 1954

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dragster



English Language Learners Definition of dragster

: a car that is made for drag racing

More from Merriam-Webster on dragster

See words that rhyme with dragster

Comments on dragster

What made you want to look up dragster? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a private place of worship

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!