rac·​er | \ ˈrā-sər How to pronounce racer (audio) \

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

Examples of racer in a Sentence

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

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The record was set May 7 at the Dekra Lausitzring, a race track near Dresden, Germany, with an experienced racer and stunt driver, Jess Hawkins, in the driver’s seat. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Lean, mean, grass-cutting machine: Honda breaks record for fastest lawnmower acceleration," 11 June 2019 Medical personnel tended to Vonn for a few minutes before the world’s most famous ski racer got to her feet, put on her skis, and went down the hill unaided. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds," 5 Feb. 2019 Team Lomachenko studies long-distance runners, triathletes and elite ski racers. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Vasiliy Lomachenko's Rise to Boxing's Upper Echelon Began in Dance Classes Growing Up in Ukraine," 9 May 2018 The onetime home of Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn is for sale in Park City, Utah, at $1.45 million. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Onetime home of skier Lindsey Vonn, listed at $1.45 million, takes in views of several winter resorts," 2 Apr. 2018 Those are the findings of a new study published in Frontiers of Physiology that analyzed 17 years’ worth of records about the workout routines of the Norwegian cross-country ski racer Marit Bjorgen, who will turn 38 in March. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Olympian?," 28 Feb. 2018 Both Eileen and Jeff were accomplished ski racers well into adulthood. Bill Pennington, Anchorage Daily News, "‘So bold, it’s crazy’: Mikaela Shiffrin’s quest for Alpine skiing world domination," 11 Feb. 2018 Jarrett Andretti, at 26, is the youngest current racer in the family dynasty. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Jarrett Andretti to fulfill father’s wish to race at Indy," 12 Apr. 2019 The original 935 was a 911-based racer that first appeared in 1976 and went on to have an illustrious career in the late 1970s. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche debuts new $800,000 racer inspired by the iconic 935 Le Mans car," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of racer

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of racer was in 1648

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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 How to pronounce racer (audio) \

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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