Definition of writer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪtə/


1A person who has written something or who writes in a particular way: the writer of the letter
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  • A number of commentators, including letter writers to this newspaper, have made the point, banging on about the general rottenness of modern life.
  • Creative leeway has always been granted to those novelists and letter writers who are able to pull off a controversial use of rhetoric with talent and grace.
  • There also is usually a diverse mix of essayists and letter writers on our op-ed page.
1.1A person who writes books, stories, or articles as a job or occupation: Dickens was a prolific writer a writer of short stories
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  • Members include a variety or writers and would vary from scribblers to novelists, poets, and writers of short stories and writers for children.
  • Alex Ninian is a travel writer whose articles on India and other countries have appeared in numerous British and American publications.
  • ‘The book is about growing old as a man,’ says short story writer, novelist and playwright Carl Nixon.
2 Computing A device that writes data to a storage medium: a CD writer
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  • Support for multimedia devices such as CD writers is improved but SuSE support for scanners, though improved, remains less than perfect.
  • You could use a zip drive, a CDR / DVD writer, a USB drive or a secure online storage service.
  • Goods seized included 1000s of illegal copies of software, music and films plus PCs, CD / DVD writers and video recorders.
3 historical A scribe.
3.1 archaic A clerk, especially in the navy or in government offices.



writer's block

Pronunciation: /ˌrʌɪtəz ˈblɒk/
The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing: the novelist recovered from a two-year bout with writer’s block
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  • I've been trying for some time to help Suzy overcome a bad case of writer's block, partly by encouraging her to blog.
  • Some call it writer's block, others, cruelly, call it a lack of creativity.
  • From his output, you wouldn't think Stephen King suffered from writer's block.

writer's cramp

Pronunciation: /ˌrʌɪtəz ˈkramp/
Pain or stiffness in the hand caused by excessive writing: muscular disorders including tennis elbow and writer’s cramp
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  • Their definition of a disease is loose, at best; the list includes everything from cancer and AIDS to constipation, colour blindness, writer's cramp and the hiccups.
  • Getting writer's cramp in the midst of What Maisie Knew, Henry James hired a shorthand typist and his style changed accordingly.
  • A fellow joked afterwards that I should have writer's cramp what with all the books I had to sign.


Old English wrītere (see write).

Words that rhyme with writer

all-nighter, biter, blighter, fighter, igniter, inciter, indicter, inviter, lighter, mitre (US miter), overnighter, reciter, righter, sighter, smiter

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