noun (1)
ring·​er | \ ˈriŋ-ər How to pronounce ringer (audio) \

Definition of ringer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that sounds especially by ringing
2a(1) : one that enters a competition under false representations
(2) : imposter, fake
b : one that strongly resembles another often used with dead he's a dead ringer for the senator


noun (2)

Definition of ringer (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that encircles or puts a ring around (such as a quoit or horseshoe that lodges so as to surround the peg)

First Known Use of ringer

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1834, in the meaning defined above

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to spread over or through

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