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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English understander, understondere, equivalent to understand +‎ -er.

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): /ˌəndɚˈstændɚ/

NounEdit

understander (plural understanders)

  1. One who understands something.
    I am not a speed reader, I am a speed understander.
    • 2009, January 25, “Virginia Heffernan”, in Confessions of a TED Addict[1]:
      These are the people of the brain, after all, the understanders.
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "Die Like a Dog", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 166:
      "You knew Mr. Kampf intimately?"
      "Yes, I guess so." She smiled as one understander to another.

Etymology 2Edit

under +‎ stander

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PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): /ˈəndɚˌstændɚ/

NounEdit

understander (plural understanders)

  1. (circus, acrobatics) One who physically supports a formation of acrobats, as a human pyramid.
    He was a strongman and an understander for the acrobats.

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