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[sing-ker] /ˈsɪŋ kər/
a person or thing that sinks.
a person employed in sinking, as one who sinks shafts.
a weight, as of lead, for sinking a fishing line or net below the surface of the water.
Slang. a doughnut or, sometimes, a biscuit or muffin.
Also called sinkerball. Baseball. a pitched ball that curves downward sharply as it reaches the plate.
Origin of sinker
1520-30; 1920-25 for def 4; 1925-30 for def 5; sink + -er1
Related forms
sinkerless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sinker
  • They'll fall for anything out there and they did, hook line and sinker.
  • Your ignorance on ethanol shows how you have sallowed big oil's propaganda hook, line and sinker.
  • Instead of thinking things through for themselves, they seem to believe the party line hook line and sinker.
  • Of course the naive and unserious pundits will buy it hook, line, and sinker.
  • Bottom rig using a slip sinker to reduce the weight a fish feels when taking the bait.
  • The smaller sinker has a buckskin thong that was attached to the net.
  • Most catfish are caught with the familiar hook, line and sinker method, but try jug fishing for catfish.
  • Use a short, stubby pole with a strong line with a sinker to get your bait near the bottom.
  • Use a sliding sinker for weight so that catfish can run with the bait without feeling resistance.
  • Use only as large a sinker as you need to keep your bait on the bottom.
British Dictionary definitions for sinker


a weight attached to a fishing line, net, etc, to cause it to sink in water
a person who sinks shafts, etc
(US) an informal word for doughnut
hook, line, and sinker, See hook (sense 18)
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Word Origin and History for sinker

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+)



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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Idioms and Phrases with sinker
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