spin·​ner ˈspi-nər How to pronounce spinner (audio)
: one that spins
: a fisherman's lure consisting of a spoon, blade, or set of wings that revolves when drawn through the water
: a conical sheet metal fairing that is attached to an airplane propeller boss and revolves with it
: a movable arrow that is spun on its dial to indicate the number or kind of moves a player may make in a board game

Examples of spinner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maneuvering through the airport is a breeze with the convenience of spinner wheels. Jessica Copeland, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 Panther Martin spinners also work well, especially in alpine lakes. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The grub has almost no action, and the spinner is nothing unique. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 The Aviator was very easy to maneuver, and the high-quality spinner wheels rolled like a dream. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 2 Feb. 2024 In most habitats, brookies are abundant and easily caught on small nymphs and dry flies, tiny spinners or live worms. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Microsoft has been greatly improving Notepad on Windows 11 in recent years, adding a dark mode, tabs, character count, features like autosave and automatic restoration of tabs, and even a virtual fidget spinner. Tom Warren, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 Part of that may be because Rooster Tails are one of the most affordable in-line spinners on the market. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 The kit also comes with screwdrivers, slip joint pliers, a spinner handle, a bit adapter, a tape measure, and a standard-sized fiberglass hammer that is designed for easy handling, superior grip, and less user fatigue. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spinner was in the 13th century

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“Spinner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinner. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


spin·​ner ˈspin-ər How to pronounce spinner (audio)
: one that spins
: a fishing lure that spins when drawn through the water

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