flash·​er | \ ˈfla-shər How to pronounce flasher (audio) \

Definition of flasher

: one that flashes: such as
a : a light (such as a traffic signal or automobile light) that flashes to catch attention
b : a device for automatically flashing a light
c : an exhibitionist who flashes

Examples of flasher in a Sentence

We noticed a car at the side of the road with its flashers on.
Recent Examples on the Web Its flasher is loud enough to attract attention but subtle enough to still resemble something the pike wants to eat. Outdoor Life, "Effective lures for catching pike," 3 Aug. 2020 Tokarski, fishing with a #5 Jigging Rapala tipped with a minnow head, saw a good size mark on his flasher unit. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: A giant perch and a grateful angler create a Wisconsin fish tale to remember," 28 Mar. 2020 The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle, and the driver, 26-year-old Harris Howard, initially slowed down and even turned on his emergency flashers. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Former U-D Jesuit High administrator killed in crash by man fleeing police," 18 Feb. 2020 The new bus flasher light that zooms back and forth is a menace! oregonlive, "TriMet turns off flashing bus lights after some deem them ‘intense,’ ‘disturbing,’ and maybe seizure-inducing," 31 Jan. 2020 The male driver's four-way flashers were activated. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Dearborn Heights woman killed in fiery crash on I-94," 11 Feb. 2020 According to Keefe, not only would the signal from a flasher hurt more than help in only 3 feet of water, but also the bite would happen so fast, the machine wouldn’t even have time to register the fish. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Use Big Baits to Catch Giant Lake Trout Through The Ice," 28 Jan. 2020 If a driver is caught using a phone while driving in a work zone where construction crews are present or in a marked school zone when any warning flasher is operating, they would be fined between $200 and $250. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky bill would ban the use of phones while driving. Here's what to know," 28 Jan. 2020 Florida had the highest average of negative ground-to-cloud flasher per square mile, with 24, according to the study. Fox News, "2019 in review: The top 5 craziest weather moments," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of flasher

1686, in the meaning defined above

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“Flasher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flasher. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flasher

: a light that shines briefly and repeatedly
informal : a man who shows his sexual organs in public

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