lifer

noun
lif·​er | \ ˈlī-fər How to pronounce lifer (audio) \

Definition of lifer

1 : a person sentenced to imprisonment for life
2 : a person who makes a career of one of the armed forces
3 : a person who has made a lifelong commitment (as to a way of life)

Examples of lifer in a Sentence

He was a lifer at the factory.
Recent Examples on the Web The memories will be lifelong for the Peacocks and coach Shaheen Holloway, a North Jersey hoops lifer who played at Seton Hall and apprenticed there as an assistant. Gary B. Graves, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2022 The memories will be lifelong for the Peacocks and coach Shaheen Holloway, a North Jersey hoops lifer who played at Seton Hall and apprenticed there as an assistant. Fox News, 20 Mar. 2022 Why would an iPhone lifer even consider the Samsung Galaxy S22 – or an Android phone of any kind, for that matter? Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2022 Gary Payton was a Seattle SuperSonics lifer and the face of the franchise when a spat with ownership led to his trade to Milwaukee in 2002. Tim Booth, ajc, 9 Mar. 2022 Tight end David Njoku has gone from wanting to be traded in 2020 to likely the Browns No. 1 tight end in 2022 and possibly a Browns lifer. cleveland, 7 Mar. 2022 For a basketball lifer who was coached by his father during his childhood days and also followed around his brother Brandon, who played at Poly and Albright College, the game has come easy to Bryce. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 10 Feb. 2022 When the murder of George Floyd set off a wave of racial justice activism across the country, nearly 80 percent of Maryland’s lifer population was Black, the highest rate in the nation. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 One such executive was Jack Haley, a Fidelity lifer whom Ms. Johnson valued for his unwavering loyalty and work ethic, but whom others at the firm saw as a gatekeeper. Justin Baer, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lifer

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

13 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Lifer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lifer. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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