Definition of writer in English:



  • 1A person who has written something or who writes in a particular way.

    ‘the writer of the letter’
    • ‘A number of commentators, including letter writers to this newspaper, have made the point, banging on about the general rottenness of modern life.’
    • ‘An ombudsman will be appointed as a final level of review to help resolve disputes between authors and letter writers in a fair manner.’
    • ‘I found the comments by a letter writer in the December issue about the top ten eligible players not in the Hall of Fame most interesting.’
    • ‘The case against the letter writers can be reduced to this: they no longer knew the difference between private and public.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, commentators and letter writers seemed to turn up the heat.’
    • ‘That's a method you normally associate with novelists and prose writers rather than comics.’
    • ‘Creative leeway has always been granted to those novelists and letter writers who are able to pull off a controversial use of rhetoric with talent and grace.’
    • ‘We shared an office as thesis writers back in the days of '99.’
    • ‘Cavell's writing displays the rhetorical features that we've seen in novelists and prose writers alike as they perform their thoughts.’
    • ‘There also is usually a diverse mix of essayists and letter writers on our op-ed page.’
    1. 1.1 A person who writes books, stories, or articles as a job or occupation.
      ‘Dickens was a prolific writer’
      ‘a writer of short stories’
      • ‘And as a bonus there are a few literary/review essays on writers like Nabokov, Sebald and Evelyn Waugh.’
      • ‘Science fiction writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury and H.G. Wells have written about life on and invaders from Mars.’
      • ‘Gurdev Singh Ropana is an acclaimed writer of short stories and novels in Punjabi.’
      • ‘Today, Dave is a lobster fisherman, while Maureen is both a fisher and a writer of short stories, novels, poetry, and children's literature.’
      • ‘Mansfield, born in turn-of-the-century New Zealand, was one of the first modern short story writers to fuse prose and poetry.’
      • ‘The project paid for theatre productions and kept professional actors, writers and theatre workers employed.’
      • ‘First print runs for established literary fiction writers such as Margaret Atwood tend to average 30,000 or 40,000.’
      • ‘From Joburg to Jozi is a compilation of short stories by writers and journalists who live or who have lived in the city.’
      • ‘Alex Ninian is a travel writer whose articles on India and other countries have appeared in numerous British and American publications.’
      • ‘The play is part of the Shell Connections project which involves the UK National Theatre commissioning ten professional writers to write new work for youth theatre.’
      • ‘‘The book is about growing old as a man,’ says short story writer, novelist and playwright Carl Nixon.’
      • ‘The short story writers I have enjoyed most recently are Etgar Keret and Jhumpa Lahiri.’
      • ‘Members include a variety or writers and would vary from scribblers to novelists, poets, and writers of short stories and writers for children.’
      • ‘Dryden is also one of the first writers of English literary criticism.’
      • ‘This connection to both local and global urban realities has generated a range of critical responses from culture brokers and art writers.’
      • ‘Through his British publisher, Crane met the writer Joseph Conrad, who became his close friend.’
      • ‘When Marcus founded Irish Writing in 1946, he courted writers of short stories and poetry, rather than novelists, to fill its pages.’
      • ‘Also, they all work in creative fields - artists, musicians, writers, architectural photographers, cartoonists.’
      • ‘Elisabeth Hurst is a writer of short stories; Jo Rittenhouse is a poet.’
      • ‘The Trust now holds regular readings of Wordsworth's works, using actors, and employs writers and artists in residence to breathe life into the poet's legacy.’
      author, wordsmith, man of letters, woman of letters, penman, creative writer
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  • 2Computing
    A device that writes data to a storage medium.

    ‘a CD writer’
    • ‘Support for multimedia devices such as CD writers is improved but SuSE support for scanners, though improved, remains less than perfect.’
    • ‘Like most of the DVD writers of the last 6 months, there is no headphone jack or volume control on the front of the DRW8800.’
    • ‘You could use a zip drive, a CDR / DVD writer, a USB drive or a secure online storage service.’
    • ‘Goods seized included 1000s of illegal copies of software, music and films plus PCs, CD / DVD writers and video recorders.’
  • 3historical A scribe.

    1. 3.1archaic A clerk, especially in the navy or in government offices.


  • writer's block

    • The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

      ‘the novelist recovered from a two-year bout with writer's block’
      • ‘I've been trying for some time to help Suzy overcome a bad case of writer's block, partly by encouraging her to blog.’
      • ‘Some call it writer's block, others, cruelly, call it a lack of creativity.’
      • ‘Sorry that this chapter took so long, but I was having serious writer's block.’
      • ‘From his output, you wouldn't think Stephen King suffered from writer's block.’
      • ‘Father had had writer's block since writing his last novel, Jacob Wrestling.’
  • writer's cramp

    • Pain or stiffness in the hand caused by excessive writing.

      ‘muscular disorders including tennis elbow and writer's cramp’
      • ‘Getting writer's cramp in the midst of What Maisie Knew, Henry James hired a shorthand typist and his style changed accordingly.’
      • ‘A fellow joked afterwards that I should have writer's cramp what with all the books I had to sign.’
      • ‘I've been scribbling a lot recently, so much that writer's cramp has set in.’
      • ‘Their definition of a disease is loose, at best; the list includes everything from cancer and AIDS to constipation, colour blindness, writer's cramp and the hiccups.’
      • ‘But even when mild, such spasm can be undesirable, as in writer's cramp or the analogous problems for musicians.’


Old English wrītere (see write).