From Middle English wynner, wynnere, equivalent to win + -er. Compare Saterland Frisian Winner (“winner”), West Frisian winner (“winner”), Dutch winner and winnaar (“winner”), German Low German Winner, Gewinner (“winner”), German Gewinner (“winner”), Danish vinder (“winner”), Swedish vinnare (“winner”), Norwegian vinner (“winner”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɪnə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɪnɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɪnə(ɹ)
- Homophone: winter (some North American dialects)
winner (plural winners)
- One who has won or often wins.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
- (sports) A point or goal that wins a competition.
- 2011 December 10, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 1-0 Everton”, in BBC Sport:
- It was a fitting scoreline on the club's landmark anniversary, and appropriate that Van Persie should get the winner.