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[mik-ser] /ˈmɪk sər/
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.
Origin of mixer
1605-15; mix + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for mixer
  • 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.
  • Beat egg whites in another large bowl with an electric mixer until they hold soft peaks, then fold into flour mixture.
  • The researchers injected two different fluorescent dyes into a cylindrical mixer filled with glycerine.
  • Meanwhile, beat egg whites to soft peaks with cream of tartar in electric mixer.
  • In another large bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
  • Beat with a spoon or mixer until dough is well moistened.
  • We know many of you will use an electric mixer, and that's okay.
British Dictionary definitions for mixer


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

1610s, "worker who mixes," agent noun from mix (v.). As a type of machine, from 1876. Meaning "troublemaker" attested by 1938; sense of "social gathering to mingle and get acquainted" dates from 1916.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mixer


  1. A person who easily becomes acquainted and sociable with others; a gregarious person (1896+)
  2. A party or other gathering intended as an occasion for people to meet and become acquainted with one another (1920s+)
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cement mixer

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