What does ringer mean?

Definitions for ringer
ˈrɪŋ ərrin·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. toller, bell ringer, ringernoun

    a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation)

  2. ringer, dead ringer, clonenoun

    a person who is almost identical to another

  3. ringernoun

    a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses

  4. ringernoun

    (horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg


  1. ringernoun

    A top performer

  2. ringernoun

    A stockman; a drover

  3. Etymology: Probably from ring the changes

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ringernoun

    He who rings.

    Etymology: from ring.


  1. ringer

    A ringer is a person or thing that is fraudulent or a substitute, usually with the aim to gain an unfair advantage in a competition or situation. It can also refer to a person who is highly proficient or skilled in a particular area and is brought in to ensure success. The term originates from horse racing where a fast horse was substituted for a slower one in a race, the substitute being called a 'ringer'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ringernoun

    one who, or that which, rings; especially, one who rings chimes on bells

  2. Ringernoun

    a crowbar

  3. Ringernoun

    a horse that is not entitled to take part in a race, but is fraudulently got into it


  1. Ringer

    Ringer is the name of two comic book supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ringer is ranked #6430 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ringer surname appeared 5,283 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Ringer.

    84.9% or 4,486 total occurrences were White.
    10% or 532 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 93 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 84 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.3% or 73 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.2% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for ringer »

  1. rering

  2. erring

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ringer in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ringer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ringer in a Sentence

  1. Troy Lerner:

    It was very picky, we really ran people through the ringer.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. soft-witted
    • B. ravening
    • C. foreordained
    • D. tacky

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