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

Examples of racer in a Sentence

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

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Ironically, Dad Vail himself was never a part of the tournament, which has hosted generations of racers, many of whom return each spring to rendezvous along the river. Roger Morris, Town & Country, "Big Daddy: America's Biggest College Rowing Event," 8 May 2014 Instead, Qualcomm used Asphalt 8, a traditional high-speed racer to show off the Snapdragon 855’s gaming chops. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Watch the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855's best new features in action," 6 Dec. 2018 Here, in an area outside of cell range for most visitors, athletes and other visitors gather to commune, listen to live bands, do yoga, attend bike workshops, cheer on racers, and compete. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "The ‘Woodstock of triathlon’ turns 35," 2 May 2018 The Super Kids division consists of cars designed so kids with disabilities can compete with another racer. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Warthogs police and fire motorcyclists send 2 Soap Box Derby racers with disabilities to nationals," 27 Apr. 2018 In addition, food trucks will be on-site to provide food for racers complimentary with their entry and for sale to the general public. miamiherald, "Annual Orange Bowl Paddle Championship set for Miami Marine Stadium Flexpark Saturday | Miami Herald," 11 Apr. 2018 Thirty people applied for the job, a mix of drag racers and fighter pilots. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Thank you for making the road a little easier for female racers hoping to follow in your footsteps. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Jimmie Johnson's message to Danica Patrick after Daytona 500: 'Thank you'," 19 Feb. 2018 But there is also some question as to how many racers knew about the movement of the gate. Tim Layden, SI.com, "The Fall ... And The Photo ... Of A Lifetime: Revisiting Hermann Maier's Olympic Crash, 20 Years Later," 9 Feb. 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 \

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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