"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[rahy-zer] /ˈraɪ zər/
a person who rises, especially from bed:
to be an early riser.
the vertical face of a stair step.
any of a group of long boards or narrow platforms that can be combined in stepwise fashion:
The choir stood on a horseshoe of risers behind the orchestra.
a vertical pipe, duct, or conduit.
Metallurgy. a chamber or enlarged opening at the top of a mold for allowing air to escape or adding extra metal.
  1. a heavy strake of planking in the vicinity of the garboard strake in a wooden vessel.
  2. rising (def 10).
Origin of riser
1350-1400; Middle English; see rise, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for riser
  • He was an early riser, and a great friend of hunting.
  • Rather, the additional seats attached to standards that were bolted to a riser below the primary seat.
  • So if you're an early riser or a certified insomniac, you're in business.
  • When the rig sank, the riser tore loose and collapsed to the sea floor.
  • Oil is currently escaping from two leaks, one at each end of the well's riser.
  • Many guests are surprised to learn that all water pipes in our system run off a single riser.
  • She kept completely different hours from her husband, who was an early riser.
  • She has a reputation for being blunt-spoken, but also for being a politically connected fast-riser.
  • Unfortunately, one of the steps and one riser have large rust stains.
  • Fall is a great time for a photographer to be an early riser.
British Dictionary definitions for riser


a person who rises, esp from bed: an early riser
the vertical part of a stair or step
a vertical pipe, esp one within a building
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for riser

late 14c., "rebel," agent noun from rise (v.). Meaning "one who rises" (from bed, in a certain manner) is mid-15c. Meaning "upright part of a step" is from 1771.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for riser

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for riser

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with riser