a person or thing that mixes.
a person, with reference to sociability: She's a good mixer to have at a large party.
a kitchen utensil or an electrical appliance having one or more beaters and used in mixing, beating, or blending foods.
Also, mix. a beverage, as ginger ale, fruit juice, or soda water that can be combined with liquor to produce a mixed drink, especially a highball.
Audio. an electronic device for blending, fading, substitution, etc., of sounds from various sources, as from microphones or separately recorded soundtracks, for broadcast or recording.
Radio and Television, Recording. a technician who operates a mixer in a studio.
the person responsible for the original recording of a movie soundtrack. Compare recordist.
a social event, as a party or dance, where people can meet informally.
Metallurgy. a container for blending and storing molten pig iron from several blast furnaces.

1605–15; mix + -er1

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mixer (ˈmɪksə)
1.  a person or thing that mixes
2.  informal
 a.  a person considered in relation to his ability to mix socially
 b.  a person who creates trouble for others
3.  a kitchen appliance, usually electrical, used for mixing foods, etc
4.  a drink such as ginger ale, fruit juice, etc, used in preparing cocktails
5.  electronics a device in which two or more input signals are combined to give a single output signal
6.  sound mixer short for vision mixer

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Word Origin & History

"troublemaker," 1938, agent noun from mix; in sense of "social gathering to mingle and get acquainted" it dates from 1916.
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Example sentences
Never mind what's on display at the average office party or college mixer:
  humans have an innate ability to dance.
Using an electric mixer, beat the egg white mixture on medium to high until
  stiff peaks form.
Using a grinder attachment for a stand mixer, push all contents though grinder,
  including liquids.
With mixer at low speed, pour hot syrup into gelatin mixture in a slow stream
  down side of bowl.
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