For the replacement of -ager with -enger, -inger, -anger, compare passenger, harbinger, scavenger, porringer. This development may have been merely the addition of n, or it may have resulted due to contamination from other suffixes such as Middle English -ing and the rare Old French -ange, -enc, -inge, -inghe (“-ing”) for Old French -age (“-age”).
messenger (plural messengers)
- One who brings messages.
- (nautical) A light line with which a heavier line may be hauled e.g. from the deck of a ship to the pier.
- The supporting member of an aerial cable (electric power or telephone or data).
- (law) A person appointed to perform certain ministerial duties under bankrupt and insolvent laws, such as to take charge of the estate of the bankrupt or insolvent.
- (computing) An instant messenger program.
- A forerunner.
- A light scudding cloud preceding a storm.
- A piece of paper, etc., blown up a string to a kite.
- (oceanography) A weight dropped down a line to close a Nansen bottle.
- The secretary bird.
- (Scotland) A messenger-at-arms.
- (transitive) To send something by messenger.
- I'll messenger over the signed documents.