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

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Examples of racer in a Sentence

He is a stock car racer. His horse will be a great racer.
Recent Examples on the Web Wilson grew up in East Burke, Vermont, and started out as a ski racer before switching to cycling. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 16 May 2022 The calls come in for snakes of all varieties, including nonvenomous gopher, garter, king, racer, rosy boa and rat snakes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 The fastest racer, Mary Sue Hyatt, completed the course in 1 hour, 39 minutes and 25 seconds. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 There could be a Civic, an MDX, an IndyCar racer, a drone, and an architectural model bolted to the test bed in a single week. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 21 Mar. 2022 In Europe, motorsports are typically regarded as being of the upper classes, with the Monaco Grand Prix, the gentleman racer, and the Veuve Clicquot tent at Le Mans serving as cultural touchstones. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 The racer, played by Robert Redford, is selfish and arrogant. Rachel Kushner, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 According to Holle, Stewart is selling because non-stop travel commitments keep him and his new wife, top drag racer, Leah Pruett, from spending enough time there. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2022 In the latest spinoff of the popular competition series, the most heart-stopping acts will be judged by the British executive producer alongside former WWE star Nikki Bella and motorsports racer/stuntman Travis Pastrana. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of racer

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

23 May 2022

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“Racer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racer. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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