Meaning of ringer

ring•er

Pronunciation: (ring'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that encircles, rings, etc.
  2. a quoit or horseshoe so thrown as to encircle the peg.
  3. the throw itself.
  4. Also calleda game in which players place marbles in a cross marked in the center of a circle, the object being to knock as many marbles as possible outside the circle by using another marble shooter.
  5. a highly skilled sheep shearer.

ring•er

Pronunciation: (ring'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that rings or makes a ringing noise: a ringer of bells; a bell that is a loud ringer.
  2. See
  3. We hired three ringers for the commencement concert.
    1. a racehorse, athlete, or the like entered in a competition under false representation as to identity or ability.
    2. a student paid by another to take an exam.
    3. any person or thing that is fraudulent; fake or impostor.
    4. a substitute or addition, as a professional musician hired to strengthen a school orchestra:We hired three ringers for the commencement concert.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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