string·​er | \ ˈstriŋ-ər How to pronounce stringer (audio) \

Definition of stringer

1 : one that strings
2 : a string, wire, or chain often with snaps on which fish are strung by a fisherman
3 : a narrow vein or irregular filament of mineral traversing a rock mass of different material
4a : a long horizontal timber to connect uprights in a frame or to support a floor
c : a tie in a truss
5a : a longitudinal member extending from bent to bent of a railroad bridge and carrying the track
b : a longitudinal member (as in an airplane fuselage or wing) to reinforce the skin
6a : a news correspondent who is paid space rates
b : a reporter who works for a publication or news agency on a part-time basis broadly : correspondent
7 : one estimated to be of specified excellence or efficiency used in combination first-stringersecond-stringer

Examples of stringer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coach Doug Pederson replaced Hurts with the third-stringer Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter of that final game in what was either a shrewd attempt to obtain a higher draft pick or an act of oppositional defiance against upper management. Mike Tanier, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Five years after starting a linebacker under center, in 2017, the Terps started fifth-stringer Ryan Brand towards the end of the season after Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome both suffered season-ending injuries. Ryan Mcfadden,, 28 Dec. 2021 First-stringer Jameis Winston, expected to succeed franchise legend and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, suffered a torn ACL on Oct. 31. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2021 The usual third-stringer spoke with reporters after the game and offered his thoughts on the tough 16-14 loss. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2021 With Burkhead and Johnson sidelined, the Texans had to rely on third-stringer Royce Freeman for most of the second half. Kristie Rieken, Chron, 13 Dec. 2021 Media watchdog groups condemned the killing, including Malabanan’s colleagues in Pampanga, a province north of Manila where he was based and worked for years as a news correspondent and as a stringer for Reuters. Jim Gomez, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2021 As the team chased a Mountain West championship, COVID — the original version, the Delta backup and the third-stringer, Omicron — refused to release its unrelenting grip. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2021 Gott, a 6-foot, 195-pound junior, was moved there only after senior Micah Hochstetler was injured in the fourth game of the season, the second-string quarterback was contact traced and the third-stringer injured his hand. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of stringer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2022

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“Stringer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of stringer

: a journalist who is not on the regular staff of a newspaper but who writes stories for that newspaper

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