sinker

play
noun sink·er \ˈsiŋ-kər\

Definition of sinker

  1. 1 :  one that sinks; specifically :  a weight for sinking a fishing line, seine, or sounding line

  2. 2 :  doughnut

  3. 3 :  a fastball that sinks as it reaches the plate —called also sinker ball

Recent Examples of sinker from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sinker.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sinker

1632


SINKER Defined for English Language Learners

sinker

play
noun

Definition of sinker for English Language Learners

  • : a weight used for holding a fishing line or net underwater

  • baseball : a fast pitch that drops lower as it reaches home plate

Learn More about sinker


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sinker? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

conspicuously offensive

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!