Main definitions of ringer in English

: ringer1ringer2

ringer1

noun

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

    ‘he's a ringer for the French actor Fernandel’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Almost all the actors and actresses in this splendid show are ringers for the historical persons they portray.’
    • ‘Nils Hognestad as Desmond is a bit of a ringer for Prince William and manages an impressive degree of bumbling charisma.’
    • ‘Farmiga, a ringer for a young Faye Dunaway, won an acting award at the close of the festival.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It didn't take the Army long to figure out that they had a ringer in their midst.’
    2. 1.2 A person who is highly proficient at a particular skill or sport and is brought in to supplement a team or group of people.
      ‘league eligibility rules had grown flexible to accommodate new teams, and ringers began suiting up’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A person or device that rings something.

    • ‘In the distance, church bells rang out as a team of ringers sought perfection through incessant practise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ringer is great - very loud and supplemented with a vibrate.’
    • ‘Tremulous, I park my car by the curb and slowly walk up to the front door, knocking the brass ringer.’

Pronunciation

ringer

/ˈrɪŋər//ˈriNGər/

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 center of a circular area.

Pronunciation

ringer

/ˈrɪŋər//ˈriNGər/