What does Follower mean?

Definitions for Follower
ˈfɒl oʊ ərfol·low·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Follower.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. followernoun

    a person who accepts the leadership of another

  2. followernoun

    someone who travels behind or pursues another


  1. followernoun

    One who follows, comes after another.

  2. followernoun

    Something that comes after another thing.

  3. followernoun

    One who is a part of master's physical group, such as a servant or retainer.

  4. followernoun

    One who follows mentally, adherer to the opinions, ideas or teachings of another, a movement etc.

  5. followernoun

    An imitator, who follows another's example

  6. followernoun

    A pursuer.

  7. followernoun

    A machine part receiving motion from another

  8. followernoun

    A man courting a maidservant.

  9. followernoun

    Young cattle.

  10. followernoun

    A metal piece placed at the top of a candle to keep the wax melting evenly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Followernoun

    Etymology: from follow.

    Little gallant, you were wont to be a follower; but now you are a leader: whether had you rather lead mine eyes, or eye your master’s heels? William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    No stop, no stay, but clouds of sand arise,
    Spurn’d and cast backward on the follower ’s eyes. Dryden.

    No follower, but a friend. Alexander Pope.

    How accompanied, can’st thou tell that?
    —— With Poins, and other his continual followers. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    I hold it no wisdom to leave unto them too much command over their kindred, but rather withdraw their followers from them as much as may be, and gather them under the command of law. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    The understanding that should be eyes to the blind faculty of the will, is blind itself; and so brings all the inconveniences that attend a blind follower, under the conduct of a blind guide. Robert South, Sermons.

    And forc’d Æneas, when his ships were lost,
    To leave his followers on a foreign coast. John Dryden, Æn.

    Be ye followers of me, even as I am of Christ. 1 Cor. xi. 1.

    The true profession of Christianity inviolably engages all its followers to do good to all men. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    Every one’s idea of identity will not be the same that Pythagoras and thousands of his followers have. John Locke.

    The studious head or gen’rous mind,
    Follow’r of God, or friend of human kind,
    Poet or patriot, rose but to restore
    The faith and moral nature gave before. Alexander Pope, Essays.


  1. follower

    A follower is an individual who supports, subscribes, or adheres to the ideas, beliefs or instructions of a particular person, group, or ideology. In social media context, a follower is a registered user who subscribes to another user's updates or posts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Followernoun

    one who follows; a pursuer; an attendant; a disciple; a dependent associate; a retainer

  2. Followernoun

    a sweetheart; a beau

  3. Followernoun

    the removable flange, or cover, of a piston. See Illust. of Piston

  4. Followernoun

    a gland. See Illust. of Stuffing box

  5. Followernoun

    the part of a machine that receives motion from another part. See Driver

  6. Followernoun

    among law stationers, a sheet of parchment or paper which is added to the first sheet of an indenture or other deed


  1. Follower

    "Follower" is a poem by Seamus Heaney released in his collection of 1966 Death of a Naturalist. The poem is about how he admired and followed his father. In this poem, Heaney reflects and looks back almost nostalgically at an Irish farming through a description of his father's ploughing expertise. He vividly describes his memories of his father's abilities and explains to his readers his total, uncompromising admiration for his father as the young boy he used to be. The rhyming scheme is as skillful as the action it describes and a further note on structure would be the development from admiration to irritation: "Behind me and won't go away". This is a cycle which can be related to all over the world in many different situations. Heaney had a stroke in 1990 but recovered, he did not write about this event. The author places himself in his childhood, and gives the reader his own point of view about the personal relation that he had with his father, a part from describing the different actions that this man did on the farm. This is autobiographical, as we can read in the following lines: “His father owned and worked a small farm of some fifty acres in County Derry in Northern Ireland”.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Follower' in Nouns Frequency: #2638

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Follower in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Follower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Follower in a Sentence

  1. Warren Bennis:

    What makes a good follower The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.

  2. Julie Cole:

    If your kid is a strong, independent older teen who does not get swayed by peers, chances are they are going to respect the family home, and it won't get destroyed in a house party, if your teenager has friends who are a bit on the cheeky side, and your child seems to be a bit of a follower, I would be reluctant to leave them alone.

  3. Steve Jobs:

    Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

  4. Klaus Buerg:

    Those clients have overcome those compliance and security constraints and are now in catch-up mode, because of that kind of constraint, habit and behavior in the past, they are now working more like a fast follower than a front runner.

  5. Linda Barnette:

    I told my supervisors a while back if it happened, I would tender my resignation, i had already decided in my heart that I could not issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. It’s my Christian belief. As a follower of Christ, I could not do it. The Bible teaches The Bible is contrary to His plan.

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