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sinker

[sing-ker] /ˈsɪŋ kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that sinks.
2.
a person employed in sinking, as one who sinks shafts.
3.
a weight, as of lead, for sinking a fishing line or net below the surface of the water.
4.
Slang. a doughnut or, sometimes, a biscuit or muffin.
5.
Also called sinkerball. Baseball. a pitched ball that curves downward sharply as it reaches the plate.
Origin of sinker
1520-1530
1520-30; 1920-25 for def 4; 1925-30 for def 5; sink + -er1
Related forms
sinkerless, adjective
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  • The sinker was not heavy enough for his purpose so he fastened a stone to the end of the line.

    Tom Slade's Double Dare Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • An' I'll bet a sinker it'll beat that Bally Klavvy bizness if we do it well.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • A piece of red flannel was used as bait, and a small stone served as a sinker.

    By Canoe and Dog-Train Egerton Ryerson Young
  • The weight of the sinker must be adapted to the strength of the tide.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • He had previously tied the set of teeth to a bit of fishing line having a sinker at the other end.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • No sinker or float is required, as the bait must be kept near the surface.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
British Dictionary definitions for sinker

sinker

/ˈsɪŋkə/
noun
1.
a weight attached to a fishing line, net, etc, to cause it to sink in water
2.
a person who sinks shafts, etc
3.
(US) an informal word for doughnut
4.
hook, line, and sinker, See hook (sense 18)
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Word Origin and History for sinker
n.

1838 in the fishing-line sense, agent noun from sink (v.).

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

sing out

verb phrase

  1. To speak up; make oneself known and heard; pipe up: If anybody doesn't like it, just sing out (1813+)
  2. To inform; squeal: and get him to sing out (1815+)

sink

verb

To destroy; ruin; torpedo: I'm afraid we're sunk this time (1613+)

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