rac·er | \ˈrā-sər \

Definition of racer 

1 : one that races or is used for racing

2 : any of various active American colubrid snakes (genus Coluber and Mastigophis): such as

a : black racer

b : blue racer

Examples of racer in a Sentence

He is a stock car racer. His horse will be a great racer.

Recent Examples on the Web

The cars raced down the street two at a time, with two losses sending a racer home. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Communities come together across San Antonio to celebrate the Fourth," 4 July 2018 Yes, a motorcycle racer had high-sided into the rocks above the tree line and catastrophe-dealing mists were closing in on the summit. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s All-Electric Effort to Climb Out of Its P.R. Hole," 4 July 2018 Last June, a 16-year-old racer was killed by a black bear during a running race at Bird Ridge, south of Anchorage. Anchorage Daily News, "Man killed, member of search party injured in Eagle River bear attacks," 21 June 2018 His response was that of a racer with a heart for helping. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Joey Logano dedicates Louisville park to an 'amazing' person," 20 June 2018 Conveniently, Peter, a veteran racer with the Twin Cities club, already had crewing an A-scow on his bucket list. Simon Peter Groebner, chicagotribune.com, "Come sail away at this fun northern Minnesota resort on Lake Vermilion," 6 June 2018 That news, plus Star Citizen’s new $27,000 item pack, a new Sonic kart racer, Killer7 comes to PC, and PUBG Corp finally files a real lawsuit against Epic. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Killer7's finally coming to PC, Star Citizen adds a $27,000 item pack," 1 June 2018 Prices vary: $20 for a Dwarf sticker; $35 for Disney X Coach poison apple hangtag, $95 for a T-shirt; $395 for a leather duffel bag; and $1,200 for a leather racer jacket. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Disney, Coach team up for their Dark Fairy Tale fashion collaboration, South Coast Plaza pop-up," 17 May 2018 Deep River Waterpark last year added the Kraken, a six-lane slide racer that is more than 40 feet tall and has two zero-gravity moments. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Northwest Indiana water parks offer a break from summer's heat," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of racer

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of racer

: a person or animal that races

: a car, boat, etc., that is used in racing


rac·er | \ˈrā-sər \

Kids Definition of racer

1 : a person, animal, or vehicle that participates in or is used for participation in races

2 : a long slender active snake (as the blacksnake)

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