One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A person who coins money, in particular a maker of counterfeit coins.
counterfeiter, falsifier, faker, copyist, imitatorView synonyms
- ‘The general opinion seemed to be that his father had been a noted coiner in New York, - an Irishman of the name of Melmody, - and, in one memoir, the probability of the descent was argued from Melmotte's skill in forgery.’
- ‘4. But if the tenant uses the premises as a coiner's den or as a deposit for stolen goods, a single instance of such uses seems to me quite enough to satisfy the language of the statute.’
- ‘It might, in theory, have happened that coining would have become a form of business, in which private individuals turned silver into coins that would have been accepted by the reputation of the coiner… It did not happen in Greece.’
2A person who invents or devises a new word, sense, or phrase.
- ‘Dyson, coiner of the lovely phrase about the non-transferability of genius, should know that.’
- ‘He would have envied the coiners and users of our modern anti-protectionist metaphors such as ‘the level playing field’ and ‘picking winners.’’
- ‘Whoever was the coiner, the word was popularized by the Star Wars and Star Trek series of films and television shows and now is part of Hollywood linguistic lore.’
- ‘As she raced up the stairs, she could hear sweet ecstatic giggles emitted into the air, and that low soft husky voice rolling words around better than the word coiner himself.’
- ‘I asked Lott if he was indeed the coiner of this year's most radioactive phrase, and he demurred: ‘I don't recall being the first to use the word ‘nuclear.’’
- ‘The coiners of the word would have never used it to describe a geo-political system.’
- ‘Deme came later to mean a local breeding population, despite the best attempts of its coiner.’
- ‘Molly Ivins was the first person I heard use ‘astroturf’ to refer to the generation of a phony grassroots movement, but someone else may have been the true coiner of the term.’
- ‘I am not sure if the coiner of said phrase really meant quite this small.’
- ‘It seems as if Parker shares the discredited popular misconception of Wilde as a harmless, effete minor humorist, coiner of inconsequential bon mots, instead of the important figure that he was.’
- ‘By the way, my friend Judith, coiner of the immortal phrase ‘a creeping nonchoice,’ was surprised to find herself on Hewlett's list of tearful women whose careers got in the way of childbearing.’
- ‘Mr. Caen, aka ‘Mr. Dot-Dot-Dot ’, was a local columnist and coiner of the word ‘beatnik’.’
- ‘The coiners of these terms were Cross et al..’
- ‘If describing such practices as ‘one-to-one management’ constitutes buzz-phrase hijacking, at least the term's coiners consider the application compatible.’
- ‘At least the coiners of the term ‘Body Core’ are in the right area to note where the most power originates for effective swimming propulsion.’
- ‘My earliest cite is from September, 2002, but I don't have the resources to find the original coiner of the phrase.’
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