Main definitions of ringer in English

: ringer1ringer2

ringer1

noun

  • 1informal A person or thing that looks very like another.

    ‘he is a dead ringer for his late papa’
    • ‘Almost all the actors and actresses in this splendid show are ringers for the historical persons they portray.’
    • ‘Would his concentrated attention have anything to do with the fact that she is a striking brunette, considered by some to be a ringer for Monica Lewinsky?’
    • ‘Farmiga, a ringer for a young Faye Dunaway, won an acting award at the close of the festival.’
    • ‘Nils Hognestad as Desmond is a bit of a ringer for Prince William and manages an impressive degree of bumbling charisma.’
    lookalike, twin, clone, duplicate, perfect likeness, exact likeness, replica, copy, facsimile, imitation, picture, image, living image, mirror image, counterpart, match, mate, fellow
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    1. 1.1 An athlete or horse fraudulently substituted for another in a competition or event.
      ‘it was discovered that the winning horse was a ringer’
      • ‘It didn't take the Army long to figure out that they had a ringer in their midst.’
      • ‘Hey, at least he spotted the ringers, which was more than Security did.’
      • ‘But far from exposing Jeffy once they have discovered his secret, his fellow athletes decide to enlist the ringer in a bid to beat the arrogant champion.’
    2. 1.2 A motor vehicle whose identity has been fraudulently changed by the substitution of a different registration plate.
      ‘the patrol was told the van was a ringer’
    3. 1.3 A highly proficient person brought in supplement a team or group.
      ‘officials had packed the squad with ringers’
      • ‘In order to beat Darwin, their rival school, in a football game, Wagstaff hires two ringers.’
      • ‘In order to win a bet with the rival nuclear facility, he hires several professional baseball players as ringers.’
      • ‘When Morelli and other full members can't make a performance, Orpheus uses ringers to fill in for them.’
      • ‘I don't really understand how Victory dropped the ball on this one, but I guess they needed to make a bit of money for once and thought it was time to bring in some ringers.’
      • ‘With more teams popping up and ringers being fought over, some sort of order would have to be instituted.’
  • 2A person or device that rings something.

    • ‘Tremulous, I park my car by the curb and slowly walk up to the front door, knocking the brass ringer.’
    • ‘The ringer is great - very loud and supplemented with a vibrate.’
    • ‘It was used for gatherings of staff and family at Christmas and New Year, with traditional entertainments provided by the Ackworth mummers and parish hand-bell ringers.’
    • ‘In the distance, church bells rang out as a team of ringers sought perfection through incessant practise.’
  • 3NZ Australian A shearer with the highest tally of sheep shorn in a given period.

    ‘Paddy had established himself as the ringer of the shed’
    • ‘Shearers are paid per sheep shorn and typically shear about 100 per day, although a top shearer or ‘ringer’ (the fastest shearer in the shed) can shear between about 200 and 300 a day.’
  • 4Australian A stockman, especially one employed in droving.

    ‘ringers on the seven stations branded 30,057 calves’
    • ‘I started as a ringer when I was 15 on Epsilon Station near Cameron’s Corner in Queensland’s far south west.’

Pronunciation

ringer

/ˈrɪŋə/

Main definitions of ringer in English

: ringer1ringer2

ringer2

noun

  • 1(in certain games) a ring or similar object that is tossed so as to encircle a target.

  • 2A game of marbles in which the target marbles are placed in the centre of a circular area.

Pronunciation

ringer

/ˈrɪŋə/