Definition of lodger in US English:



  • A roomer.

    ‘to help pay the bills she began to take in lodgers’
    • ‘Amy had soon rallied up all of the lodgers at Anne's boarding home.’
    • ‘There were examples of mothers who iced cakes, kept chickens, and (as with the women graduates) took in laundry and lodgers to help with finance.’
    • ‘They have another lodger, Nemo, who is a mysterious figure: a law-writer by trade, but a self-destructive opium addict by nature.’
    • ‘Though they received a portion of their husband's salaries, sailors' wives still had to rely on various types of work such as making supplies or packing goods for the Company, or taking in lodgers.’
    • ‘The maid realised that there was a good chance that she could be face to face with the room's lodger.’
    • ‘Eventually it becomes clear to him that Sarah has simultaneously been carrying on a flirtation with another lodger.’
    • ‘Women earned money by washing, sewing, and taking in lodgers.’
    • ‘The couple were held to be living apart: their relationship was that of a landlady and lodger only.’
    • ‘The more downbeat and slight Lloyd, meanwhile, is the family's lodger, who, while a trifle dozy, at least brings some money into the house courtesy of his job at a local factory.’
    • ‘Another early lodger was the American physicist Don Page.’
    • ‘Some of the early ledgers show the changing post-war society by denoting whether someone is a house-owner, lodger or servant.’
    • ‘These lodgers, however, did not know about Gregor.’
    • ‘It's your space so you can decide what sort of lodger you want - young student, mature student, employee, male, female.’
    • ‘In fact, these are often the best type of lodger because they go home at weekends!’
    • ‘After that, things began to change, and some of our lodgers left us to resume their former lives or to begin new ones elsewhere.’
    • ‘Vicky's lodger, Henry, helps her efforts as she struggles to present a new stream-lined version of herself to a handsome book buyer.’
    • ‘She wants to move another lodger in effectively relegating me to one final room in the house, my bedroom.’
    • ‘She also plans to get another lodger in (like we're not too cramped already) which means turfing me and my computer out of the spare room and cramming everything I own into one room.’
    • ‘Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley, the new lodger at Netherfield, fall for each other.’
    • ‘She does not like the movie her mother's lodger (and her own frustrated suitor) has, in a fit of petty spite, given her mother and her free tickets to see.’
    boarder, paying guest, pg, guest, tenant, resident, inmate
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