spot·​ter | \ ˈspä-tər How to pronounce spotter (audio) \

Definition of spotter

1 : one that makes or applies a spot (as for identification)
2 : one that looks or keeps watch: such as
a : one that locates enemy targets
b : a civilian who watches for approaching airplanes
c : a person who assists another during exercise (as to prevent injury)
3 : one that removes spots
4 : 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Officers traveled near 253 Capen Street around 8 p.m., after receiving a shot spotter notification. Jessika Harkay,, 20 July 2021 The city’s shot-spotter technology, which detects the sound signature of gunfire, logged thirty-three shots fired in the area in 2019, and seven hundred in 2020. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 The driver, spotter, tire changer, jack handler and gas person develop routines, trust and muscle memory based on doing jobs hip-to-hip for years. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2021 Police responded to the scene on a shot spotter activation. Jessika Harkay,, 23 June 2021 Meteorologist Rafal Ogorek agreed, confirming a tornado touched down in Naperville based on radar data, storm spotter reports and damage see from initial photos. Naperville Sun Staff Report,, 21 June 2021 Rosenqvist’s spotter Chris Wheeler just so happened to take over as the free agent’s manger this offseason. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 14 June 2021 And don't be afraid to ask for a spotter, if needed. Ashley Mateo,, 2 June 2021 Elliott’s regular spotter, Edward James D’Hondt, was suspended earlier this week by NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports after he was arrested in Catawba County and charged with battery of unborn child and assaulting a women. Mark Heim |, al, 30 May 2021

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First Known Use of spotter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jul 2021

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“Spotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spotter

: someone who looks for a particular type of person or thing
: a person who watches and helps someone who is exercising in order to help prevent injuries

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