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[lee-ger] /ˈli gər/
a member of a league.
Origin of leaguer1
1585-95; league1 + -er1


[lee-ger] /ˈli gər/ Archaic.
verb (used with object)
to besiege.
a siege.
1590-1600; < Dutch leger army, camp. See lair1 Unabridged
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  • He is a leaguer out and out—one who would rise to fortune on the flood tide of the mob?

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • I will get me gone with an Orleans, a Kaiserlik, or a Schmalkaldner leaguer before that.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
  • Blow merrily a triumphal march, that our brethren in the leaguer ahead may know deliverance at hand.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • They rode from Philadelphia to the leaguer around Boston in thirteen days.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • Neale stabbed at it, sliced it and landed a Texas leaguer back of short.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • Tighe went out on a Texas leaguer that was gathered in by Larry.

  • A soldier, he recognized the mental grasp and energy of Timmendiquas and the thoroughness of the leaguer of both fort and river.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He was in duress as a leaguer spy, to await King Henry's will.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • "Smoky" looked pensively at the sky, at his bat lying on the ground, and at the "leaguer" rounding his pocket.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • Not being read, every leaguer has credit for having uttered the objections which, as yet, he never did utter.

British Dictionary definitions for leaguer


noun (archaic)
an encampment, esp of besiegers
the siege itself
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch leger siege; related to lair1


(mainly US & Canadian) a member of a league
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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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