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[fahy-ter] /ˈfaɪ tər/
a boxer; pugilist.
Military. an aircraft designed to seek out and destroy enemy aircraft in the air and to protect bomber aircraft.
a person who fights, struggles, resists, etc.
a person with the will, courage, determination, ability, or disposition to fight, struggle, resist, etc.
an animal, as a dog, trained to fight or having the disposition to fight.
Origin of fighter
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fēohtere. See fight, -er1
Related forms
nonfighter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fighter
  • To fishermen, the chinook is known as a fighter, and likewise its advocates won't let the fish die out without a struggle.
  • Over the decades, the video displays that everyone from fighter pilots to the general public use have grown increasingly complex.
  • And honey's been mixed into contemporary medicine as well, as a bacteria fighter.
  • Undercover agents arrest a suspected rooster fighter while in possession of contraband birds.
  • While fighter aircraft patrolled the area, troop-carrying aircraft followed, escorted by bombers.
  • They wanted to be seen as ordinary fighter pilots, no different from anyone else.
  • Its crew has what the crews of fighter jets lack: situational, smell-of-the-battlefield awareness.
  • For example, fighter jets could be designed to be more acrobatic without risk of stall-induced crashes.
  • Previous parades have involved everything from intercontinental missiles and tanks to fighter jets flown overhead.
  • Over military aid, they grumble that needed helicopters and fighter jets are held back.
British Dictionary definitions for fighter


a person who fights, esp a professional boxer
a person who has determination
(military) an armed aircraft designed for destroying other aircraft
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Word Origin and History for fighter

Old English feohtere; agent noun from fight (v.). Cf. German Fechter. Meaning "fast military airplane used for combat" is from 1917.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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