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Definition of "ringer" []

  • Games A horseshoe or quoit thrown so that it encircles the peg. (noun)
  • One that rings, especially one that sounds a bell or chime. (noun)
  • Slang A contestant entered dishonestly into a competition. (noun)
  • Slang One who bears a striking resemblance to another: a ringer for his father. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ringer" in a sentence
  • "That's what the term ringer implies, among other things such as not belonging."
  • "My ringer on both phones types here are off at night, even the fax ringer is off!"
  • "We can get in ringer guys from Syria, but the Iraqis are all caught up in 'Oh, I want to survive to see a free Iraq.'"