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cruiser

[kroo-zer] /ˈkru zər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that cruises.
2.
one of a class of warships of medium tonnage, designed for high speed and long cruising radius.
3.
4.
a vessel, especially a power-driven one, intended for cruising.
6.
Also called timber cruiser. a person who estimates the value of the timber in a tract of forest.
7.
Slang. a prostitute who walks the street soliciting customers.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Dutch kruiser, equivalent to kruis(en) to cruise + -er -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for cruiser

cruiser

/ˈkruːzə/
noun
1.
a high-speed, long-range warship of medium displacement, armed with medium calibre weapons or missiles
2.
Also called cabin cruiser. a pleasure boat, esp one that is power-driven and has a cabin
3.
any person or thing that cruises
4.
(boxing) cruiserweight See light heavyweight
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Word Origin and History for cruiser
n.

1670s, agent noun from cruise (v.), or, probably, borrowed from similar words in neighboring languages (e.g. Dutch kruiser, French croiseur), originally a warship built to cruise and protect commerce or chase hostile ships (but in 18c. often applied to privateers); meaning "one who cruises for sex partners" is from 1903, in later use mostly of homosexuals; as a boxing weight class, from 1920; meaning "police patrol car" is 1929, American English.

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