reel·​er ˈrē-lər How to pronounce reeler (audio)
: one that reels
: a motion picture having a specified number of reels
a two-reeler

Examples of reeler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then it was shown in back rooms on 8mm one-reelers. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 11 Mar. 2023 The book itself brims filled with neurotic psychotics and Pop Culture debris, kooky killers with offbeat nicknames and more spilled Type O than a blood bank in a Mack Sennett two-reeler. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 2 Aug. 2022 This is the theater where San Franciscans long gone went to see two-reelers, discovered Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford and, later, Clark Gable and Bette Davis. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Dec. 2017 In short, the skin flick had traveled a long way technically form the out-of-focus Candy Barr two-reeler. Pete Hamill, Daily Intelligencer, 7 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reeler was circa 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Reeler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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