spot·​ter ˈspä-tər How to pronounce spotter (audio)
: one that makes or applies a spot (as for identification)
: one that looks or keeps watch: such as
: one that locates enemy targets
: a civilian who watches for approaching airplanes
: a person who assists another during exercise (as to prevent injury)
: one that removes spots
: one that places something on or in a desired spot

Examples of spotter in a Sentence

When you lift weights, you should always have a spotter.
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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spotter was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Spotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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spot·​ter ˈspät-ər How to pronounce spotter (audio)
: a person who removes spots
: a person who keeps watch : observer
: a person who helps another during exercise (as to prevent injury)

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