Definition of finder in US English:



  • 1A person who finds someone or something.

    • ‘Getting the uniform itself requires some amount of stealth and a handy fish finder to assist you.’
    • ‘To answer their questions, become skilled in conducting "conversational fact finders " with your customers.’
    • ‘We have an ever increasing fishing population and ever improving technology, such as fish finders, GPS systems and ever improving methods in terms of fishing tackle.’
    • ‘If they can do that, with the finders' permission we'll take them away and get them looked at more closely.’
    • ‘He contacted the National Museum on behalf of the finders and archaeologists started digging on the remote beach where they uncovered further items.’
    • ‘The American company that made the ducks is offering money to anyone finding them onshore in the US, though the offer is not being made to any British duck finders.’
    • ‘In the 18th century, finders were given more rights and were rewarded with a certain value of the found property.’
    • ‘The finders, Patrick Walby, John Connell and Michael Carr, are all members of the East Yorkshire Metal Detecting Society.’
    • ‘Their prize brings to life the fictional world of Roald Dahl and his book, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, where finders of a golden ticket were given the chance to explore Willy Wonka's factory.’
    • ‘From tests for cancer, diabetes, heart disease to HIV and leukemia, it is a regular occurrence that staff at the department will be the finders of extremely bad news.’
    • ‘Although the process is expected to be lengthy - thousands of reports have been made - 90% of the items will stay with their finders.’
    • ‘And yet there is a playfulness about the expert finders.’
    • ‘I'm not running around saying I know all there is to know about 2nd beach and the deep underground movement it bestows upon its finders.’
    • ‘But in many cases finders and searchers understood they were looking at animal bones.’
    • ‘After that time the finders may have the jewellery returned to them.’
    • ‘Secondly, stipulating rewards for finders will improve the efficiency of protection for property.’
    • ‘The fact finder must first decide what the facts are, by assessing the evidence offered by the parties.’
    • ‘The attorney and fact finder seemed to share tailors.’
    • ‘In 1991, one of the finders, Joseph Mulvey, was fined £10 for failing to report its discovery.’
    • ‘To go all that way and see no fish finders, no boats, very few canoes and no tackle left one very deflated.’
    1. 1.1 A small telescope attached to a large one to locate an object for observation.
      • ‘His goal was to create the best finder scope in its class – and he has clearly succeeded.’
      • ‘This will make the finder more comfortable to use, but it will make a dreadful mirror image view.’
    2. 1.2 The viewfinder of a camera.
      • ‘Canon could easily have dropped the optical finder in the Ixus 40, in my opinion.’


  • finders keepers (losers weepers)

    • informal Used, often humorously, to assert that whoever finds something by chance is entitled to keep it.

      • ‘‘There is no such thing as finders keepers,’ he said.’
      • ‘In other situations, the applicable rule is ‘finders keepers.’’
      • ‘He says that he has discovered the whereabouts of the big ship, floating in Arctic waters, within close proximity of rocky outcrops in an area of sea where the international law of ‘finders keepers’ operates.’
      • ‘It was full of blank pages so I figured I'd use it to write poems or sketch or something (finders keepers).’
      • ‘‘Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘finders keepers’?’’
      • ‘In those famous childish words, ‘finders keepers’!’
      • ‘Well, too bad for them, ‘cause it's finders keepers!’’
      • ‘Because once you've stolen something, it becomes your property, finders keepers.’
      • ‘Since these isles are not in their jurisdiction, it means ‘finders keepers’ to any existing treasure, if any.’
      • ‘I don't know what the etiquette is on dead wine at adjacent tables (I am tempted to suggest some variant of ‘finders keepers’), but I know what the etiquette is on waiting tables.’