from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that gives information.
- n. One who informs against others; an informer.
- n. One who furnishes linguistic or cultural information to a researcher.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who relays confidential information to someone, especially to the police; an informer.
- n. One who provides information about their language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, informs, animates, or vivifies.
- n. One who imparts information or instruction.
- n. One who offers an accusation; an informer. See Informer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Giving form; transmuting matter by communicating to it a form; informing.
- n. One who informs or gives information; an informer.
- n. Synonyms Informant, Informer. Informant is special, relating only to a given occasion: as, who was your informant? Informer may be special or general, relating to one occasion or, more commonly, to a practice or occupation, as implying a habit of informing, or a dishonorable betrayal of knowledge gained in confidence. It has acquired odious associations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who sees an event and reports what happened
- n. a person who supplies information
From Latin informans, participle of informo. (Wiktionary)