Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of controller.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The chief accountant of a company or government.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See controller.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who maintains and audits business accounts

Etymologies

From late Middle English compteroller, a spelling variant of countreroller (from which controller) due to folk etymology: the word was thought to have an etymological connection with Middle French compteĀ ("account"). Originally the two spellings were equivalent and pronounced identically; the modern pronunciation with [mp] is based on the spelling. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The comptroller is sole trustee of a $125 billion state pension fund, much of which is handled by outside investment managers who make a lot of money for their efforts.

    Dan Collins: New York's Sexy Race For State Comptroller

  • The comptroller is also supposed to audit public spending around the state -- in theory a huge bully pulpit for someone who wanted to try to go for big reform.

    Dan Collins: New York's Sexy Race For State Comptroller

  • If a city comptroller is an elected oaf, the city is stuck for four years.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Genius of Obstructionism

  • David Loglisci, former New York State deputy comptroller, is the brother of the film's producer, you see.

    Chooch of the Week

  • The two-term comptroller and Democratic nominee hasn't faced a competitive election since the 2001 comptroller primary, when he bested City Councilman Herb Berman after a bitter fight.

    Jarrett Murphy: Searching for Bloomberg Country

  • An Enron comptroller is pressing you on the unsavory details of your scheme.

    The Enron Ponzi Scheme

  • The three-term comptroller had vowed to "continue fighting" when he addressed supporters late Tuesday, waiting until all the Democratic votes were counted following a close and often bitter contest against Quinn.

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  • Hynes, the three-term comptroller, had vowed to "continue fighting" when he addressed supporters shortly before midnight Wednesday and to wait until all the Democratic votes were counted following a close and often bitter contest against Quinn.

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  • A three-term comptroller, Hynes hails from a well-known Democratic political family - his father is a former state Senate president and former Cook County assessor.

    News

  • The 103,000-member Illinois Federation of Teachers endorsed Hynes, Illinois 'three-term comptroller, over Gov.

    News from www.pantagraph.com

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  • Heehee. You've almost changed my mind, palooka.

    July 10, 2007

  • Let's give it up for the real comptroller!

    Idiot.

    July 10, 2007

  • I like comptroller - it says & means business. No unnecessary expense will get by the comptroller. The accountant & controller are out playing racquetball, but the comptroller is in his office & scowling, determined to take no prisoners financewise.

    July 10, 2007

  • Nor I. For some reason, it always sounds incorrect.

    July 9, 2007

  • I do not like this word, Sam-I-Am.

    July 9, 2007